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Funny you should say that

Diverse city
I'm pretty confident in saying that humor is probably one of the key things that separates us humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 22, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Soundgarden's platinum shenanigans

Plus more music news in brief
Platinum shenanigans
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 29, 2010
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Video: The 12 acts you should've seen at Bonnaroo 2010

From the xx to Jay-Z
When I told my bosses here at the Phoenix  that I was going to need some time off to attend Bonnaroo for my third year in a row, I expected to hear something along the lines of, "Have fun, don't die, and we'll see you when you get back."
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 22, 2010
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Is genius immortal?

Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 03, 2010
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Making change

John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 21, 2010
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Making it sing

Dee Dee does Billie, plus John Stein & Ron Gill
If you come to Dee Dee Bridgewater’s new Billie Holiday tribute disc — or to her two Holiday shows at the Paramount Theatre this weekend — expecting a reverent impersonation, you could be in for a shock. Bridgewater has transformed the music and persona of the jazz icon.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 25, 2010
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Dee's so fine

The girl-group delights of the Deelinquents
Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents co-founders Jen D'Angora (the Dents, the Downbeat 5) and Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit, the Gentlemen) won't come right out and say that they had ambitions of ever forming a '60s-style girl group — they won't even come out and say they're married.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 02, 2010
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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by Bill Flanagan


In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Everybody hurting

Warning: Scorpions content
The music industry's response to the Haiti disaster has been pretty great, since it's given some huge names a chance to complete the vital circuit between the public's heartstrings and their wallets.
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 02, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs

Who charted?
This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 26, 2010
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New edition

Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 09, 2009

Music Seen: Huak and Readings from 33 1/3 series

At SPACE Gallery, November 8
There was nothing Sunday-sized about the crowd at SPACE last weekend, when Michael T. Fournier and Zeth Lundy took turns reading from their books, both part of Continuum Press's 33 1/3 series. The series, which so far features 67 volumes with 67 different authors, covers music albums in around 150 pages or less.
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  November 11, 2009
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Jackson 5 | I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

Motown/Universal (2009)
If you’ve ever wondered how great it might be to hear a slowed-down version of “ABC” that lacks all the youthful charm of the original, this set of previously unreleased Jackson 5 recordings is for you.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 10, 2009
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Old school, new school

Amanda Carr and Gretchen Parlato do it their way
If fans plan shrewdly next Thursday (October 15), they can hear jazz singing at its best in two completely different styles.
By JON GARELICK  |  October 08, 2009
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Brother Ali | Us

Rhymesayers (2009)
Brother Ali is like a cool roaming uncle who occasionally surfaces with gifts and insights.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 29, 2009
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Review: Bebel Gilberto | All In One

Verve (2009)
There couldn’t be a more apropos title than the one Bebel Gilberto has given her fourth album.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 24, 2009
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The Thriller is gone

For Michael Jackson, Bad ain't good
With the release of Bad (Epic), Michael Jackson ends a recording hiatus of nearly five years. He could have stayed away for 10 years and still not have escaped the shadow of Thriller , the biggest-selling album of all time.
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  June 30, 2009

Crossword: ''Pig out''

External appearances count.
External appearances count.
By MATT JONES  |  May 13, 2009
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Museum pieces and other pieces

Jazz Week returns, the Jazz Hall of Fame inducts, Ron Gill says bye
It's Jazz Week time again — that time when the Boston jazz community looks to expand its minority-appeal music to a larger public.
By JON GARELICK  |  April 21, 2009
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Make like a leaf

Fall into local music (and other ironic urgings)
Fall appropriately takes the baton (sorry, Olympics still on the mind) from a stand-out summer of music in Portland.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 10, 2008

Fight song

Letters to the Boston editor, July 25, 2008
Your total inability to recognize deserving candidates has me . . . amused?
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 23, 2008

Crescent City health report

The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008
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Celtic tigers

Interview: the Chieftains at Symphony Hall — again
At 69, Paddy Moloney is still the world’s foremost uilleann-pipes player.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 12, 2008
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Bowin' away

Cello Chix at the Lizard Lounge, February 8, 2008
Of all the CD-release parties ever thrown by Boston bands, the Cello Chix’ show for their new, self-released Under the Covers featured the best Jethro Tull medley.
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 12, 2008
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Queen Latifah

Trav'lin Light | Verve
Queen Latifah is never going to be Billie Holiday.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007
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Profile polling

A look at the MySpace and Facebook profiles of the '08 presidential candidates
Facebook and MySpace represent the easiest and most efficient method of assessing compatibility for a friend, a potential hook-up, or a presidential candidate.
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  September 27, 2007



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Man of the People

Stevie Wonder, Bank of America Pavilion, September 20, 2007
Given the scope of Stevie Wonder’s accomplishments in the ’60s and ’70s, you’d expect him to be writing symphonies by now.
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 24, 2007

Past, present, future

Faces — and phases — of Boston's nightlife
Boston’s a small enough city that, when you’re working the nightlife circuit fairly regularly, you start recognizing people.
By BY HEATHER BOUZAN  |  July 13, 2007

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By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007

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