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A not-so-merry Widow

Teatro Lirico II at Cutler Majestic Theatre, March 1, 2008
It’s never a good sign when a company can’t get the name of the work it’s performing right.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 04, 2008


California comfort

Matt Costa at the Paradise, February 29, 2008
With the touch of two keys, “Mr. Pitiful” began, the crowd erupted, and Costa’s southern comfort turned into a pop star fiasco.
By: DANNY DEZA  |  March 03, 2008


Russians on the run

Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at Sanders Theatre, February 24, 2008
Zander balanced the pathos and the passion here the way you have to balance the rose and the distaff/thorn in The Sleeping Beauty , and that was no small thing.  
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2008


Older, wiser, faster, louder

Foo Fighters at the DCU Center, February 18, 2008
When, 13 years ago, Dave Grohl strapped on a guitar and stepped into the spotlight as the frontman of Foo Fighters, the young band at once became members of the old guard.
By: VICTORIA WELCH  |  February 26, 2008


Celebratory angst

The Bravery at the Paradise, February 19, 2008
What with song titles like “Split Me Wide Open,” “Every Word Is a Knife in My Ear,” and “Tragedy Bound,” it’s clear that Bravery frontman Sam Endicott is working out some angst.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 26, 2008


Indoor block party

Diplo at Great Scott, February 23, 2008
I’m white and from rural Connecticut, so I think Saturday night was the closest I’ve ever come to anything resembling a block party.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  February 26, 2008


Hometown Throwup, Pt. 1

Darkbuster at Harpers Ferry, February 17, 2008
Darkbuster have their “Hometown Throwup,” an eight-night stand with an affectionate wink and nod in the general direction of the Bosstones.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 19, 2008


Lonely hearts night

The Magnetic Fields at Somerville Theatre, February 14, 2008
Merritt had a tummy ache from dinner at Porter Exchange. (“So don’t fuck with me,” he warned.)
By: LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  February 19, 2008


House heads

Valentine's Day at 33 Lounge
The lounge at 33 Restaurant & Lounge on Stanhope Street in the Back Bay may just have Boston’s tiniest dance floor. The upstairs restaurant isn’t much bigger.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  February 19, 2008


Dancing in the Dark

Cat Power at the Orpheum Theatre, February 7, 2008
If you’re a Cat Power devotee or even a casual fan, you’ve heard the horror stories about Chan Marshall’s live performances.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  February 12, 2008


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



Liars at Paradise, February 8, 2008
On the eve of Liars’ current US tour, frontman Angus Andrew — an Aussie expat — threw out his back and was, by all accounts, immobile.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  February 12, 2008


The Estate’s first

Paris Hilton helps celebrate a local anniversary
She’s the 21st century’s best example of someone who’s famous for being famous, but she’s also a good sport and, up close and semi-personal, kind of sweet.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 11, 2008


Pass the Hollandaise

Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw at Symphony Hall, February 1, 2008
The first LP I ever bought, way back in 1963, offered Chopin’s E-minor piano concerto performed by obscure artists.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2009


Dirty dancing

A fitting opening for 'Inappropriate Touching'
The exhibit is called “Inappropriate Touching,” and whether you wanted it or not, that’s what you got at the packed opening reception.
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 05, 2008


Glamor boy

Mika at the Orpheum Theatre, February 1, 2008
The British dance-pop playboy is still working to find his niche on this side of the Atlantic.
By: VICTORIA WELCH  |  February 04, 2008


Modern love

The Last Town Chorus at Lizard Lounge, February 1, 2008
Hickey brought measured grace and a mellifluous voice to everything she touched.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 04, 2008


High school memories

Spice Girls at the TD Banknorth Garden, January 30, 2008
Tweenagers in 1998 didn’t have Hannah Montana or High School Musical . We did, however, have five British ladies who sold us on Girl Power.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2008


Carnival of the absurd

Marilyn Manson at the Orpheum Theatre, January 26, 2008
“War-time full-frontal drugs, sex-tank armor plate!” Exactly.
By: VICTORIA WELCH  |  January 29, 2008


No trouble with Harry

Handel and Haydn's 'Fireworks' at Symphony Hall, January 25, 2008
Even the concluding Réjouissance movement stomped, a four-on-the-floor Irish reel.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 29, 2008


Subliminal cruelty

DJ Spooky at the Institute of Contemporary Art, January 26, 2008
In any experiment, failure isn’t the greatest risk — cruelty is.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 29, 2008

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