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  • The Word

    published December 29, 2009

    Sacred-steel guitarist Robert Randolph provides grand Hendrix-ian gestures in this sinfully promising band filled out by the three North... More >>

  • The Disco Biscuits

    published December 29, 2009

    The psychedelic, epic, and often nastily funky "trance fusion" improv-rock quartet wrap up a five-night run here tomorrow. By now, they may even... More >>

  • Diblo Dibala+Cruz LA

    published December 22, 2009

    Notes cascade like quicksilver from the fingers of Diblo Dibala, a/k/a "Machine Gun," who revved up the Congo's soukous guitar style into high... More >>

  • Bardo Pond+White Out

    published December 15, 2009

    The relatively structured stoner rock of dazed-and-bemused Philadelphia-based Bardo Pond juxtaposes neatly with the multilayered feedback... More >>

  • Antibalas

    published December 15, 2009

    Shortly after recreating the sonic spectacle of Fela Kuti's amazing Afrika 70 and 80 bands onstage at the Eugene O'Neill Theater, the Afrobeat... More >>

  • Krantz Carlock Lefebvre

    published December 8, 2009

    This would be Wayne Krantz (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), and Tim Lefebvre (bass), an adrenalized trio of slipstream virtuosos savvy enough to... More >>

  • The Microscopic Septet

    published December 8, 2009

    Their wit, smarts, varietal swing, and bopping quadruple-sax arrangements made the Micros the most entertainingly pomo of eighties New York jazz... More >>

  • 'Beatles Complete On Ukulele Festival'

    published December 1, 2009

    Twelve hours! Sixteen Yoko Ono impersonators! Forty singers! Eighty musicians! One hundred eighty-five Beatles songs! This all-day event for the... More >>

  • Madeleine Peyroux

    published December 1, 2009

    Madeline Peyroux may have become so exasperated with having her voice compared to Billie Holiday's (rightly in timbre, wrongly in phrasing and... More >>

  • Phish

    published December 1, 2009

    If ever a band were built for this room, it's Phish, back after a handful of years with a fresh new commitment to their avant-arena rock. This... More >>

  • Arditti Quartet

    published November 24, 2009

    Violinist Irvine Arditti's contemporary specialists will evoke the spare airwaves and dense potential of a Scottish island bereft of music when... More >>

  • John Hollenbeck

    published November 24, 2009

    Each of the composer-percussionist's three musical personas on hand tonight would be an event in itself, but to experience them all on a single... More >>

  • Los Amigos Invisibles

    published November 24, 2009

    Cool and fiery at once, Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles pack an inferno's worth of disco combustion into every sweaty dance party. Like Roxy... More >>

  • Tori Ensemble

    published November 17, 2009

    The Korean-American ensemble reprises its well-received 2008 work, "The Five Directions of Arirang," which combines traditional instrumentation... More >>

  • Drink Up Buttercup+Blood Warrior+Beat Circus

    published November 10, 2009

    Boston's Beat Circus and Long Island's Blood Warrior (featuring O'Death's Greg Jamie) together almost make this an American Gothic theme evening.... More >>

  • Cyro Baptisto & Beat the Donkey

    published November 10, 2009

    An artistic settlement worth supporting, John Zorn's Tzadik label provides shelter to some of the best music being recorded by anyone, Jewish or... More >>

  • Mavrothi Kontanis & the Maeandros Ensemble

    published November 10, 2009

    The youngish Greek-American oud player Mavrothi Kontanis and his terrific quintet (featuring Greek clarinet star Lefteris Bournias) breathe new... More >>

  • The Chandler Travis Philharmonic

    published November 3, 2009

    Kitschy, excessive, rambunctious, and unfettered, Cape Cod songwriter Chandler Travis's immodestly named nine-piece group is not unlike a... More >>

  • Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble

    published November 3, 2009

    In C, the "Louie Louie" of contemporary classical music, turns forty-five this year. There've been birthday performances aplenty, but... More >>

  • Robert Earl Keen+Todd Snider+Bruce Robison

    published October 27, 2009

    Three of the country's finest songwriters unplug for an evening of intimate acoustic communication. While Texas troubadour Keen specializes in... More >>

  • 'Tiny Tim CD Release/Tribute Party'

    published October 27, 2009

    Everyone knows by now that Tiny Tim, who died in 1996, was as much a uniquely quirky and extremely knowledgeable portal to the strange delights of... More >>

  • 'Fang Records Night'

    published October 27, 2009

    During the '80s and '90s, Chris Rael's scrappy Fang Records specialized in off-kilter pop releases that blurred genre lines with humor and... More >>

  • Bassam Saba & the New York Arabic Orchestra

    published October 20, 2009

    Lebanon's Bassam Saba leads a highly regarded 30-member orchestra consisting mostly of non-Middle Easterners steeped in the Arabic musical... More >>

  • Brad Paisley

    published October 20, 2009

    The country star brings his "American Saturday Night" tour to town for a midweek show that should still provide plenty of post-Obama populism... More >>

  • Yonder Mountain String Band+Railroad Earth+Danny Barnes

    published October 13, 2009

    Each in its own way, and rooted as much in acoustic Grateful Dead as in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Boulder's Yonder Mountain String Band and... More >>

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