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  • November 04, 2013

    Vote for BMA Nominees

    Vote for BMA Nominees by Paul Robicheau

    Nominees have been announced for this year’s Boston Music Awards, with many familiar local artists vying for honors – and some not so familiar artists (you could insert My Dick jokes here). In addition to the usual Aerosmith and Dropkick Murphys entries, frontrunners include the R&B-edged Bad Rabbits and Internet-fueled pop sensation (and onetime Improper cover duo) Karmin. There’s even a category for Best Boston Artist Who Doesn’t Live in Boston The list follows, along with a link to vote… More>

  • October 31, 2013

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Neko Case’s a force of nature with her prairie-wide voice and feral-hearted sensibility. She soars again on The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight…, recalling the evocative atmospheres of 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, one of the last decade’s best albums. She’s also an edgy performer, closing a U.S. tour at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday. Other artists performing this weekend include the Pat Martino Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Spirit Family Reunion with Hooray for the Riff Raff, the Head and the Heart, and Zappa Plays Zappa… More>

  • October 28, 2013

    Tribute Zone -- or Not!

    Tribute Zone -- or Not! by Paul Robicheau

    Phish joined musical tributes to Lou Reed on Sunday by opening a Hartford show with his anthem “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” No surprise there; the song highlights Reed’s Velvet Underground clincher Loaded, which Phish covered as one of its periodic Halloween album “costumes.” And Phish has been cranking out a load of covers en route to another classic album tribute for this Thursday’s trick and treat in Atlantic City… More>

  • October 24, 2013

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Halloween's nigh and spirits are out and about. The Sinclair rocks with the garage-y Fleshtones, Los Straitjackets and Southern Culture on the Skids while Phish jams Worcester's DCU Center and psych-pop outfit Of Montreal plays the Middle East. Local bands celebrate the coming holiday by dressing up as their favorite bands in the clubs, and Adrian Legg and Madeleine Peyroux tap jazzy sophistication at Club Passim and Berklee. And a benefit for Right Turn sports an all-star cast led by Joan Osborne, Trombone Shorty and Paula Cole at Royale… More>

  • October 17, 2013

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    A batch of indoor gigs highlight mid-October, starting with a Friday night trifecta of distinctive locals around town in fingerpicking virtuoso Shun Ng, rangy Ethiopian-American ensemble Debo Band and a rare reunion by Americana trendsetters the Courage Brothers. Cyndi Lauper bops and Over the Rhine ruminates on Saturday, while Sunday gets rowdily catchy with Franz Ferdinand and rowdily intimate with Father John Misty… More>

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