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Unfreaked Folk

Devendra Banhart, Roxy, September 25, 2007
Devendra Banhart may have found his true calling at the Roxy last Tuesday as a small-time professional entertainer.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  October 01, 2007


Rap Hashanah

An old school new year
The Boston Jewish Music Connection kicked off the Jewish New Year not with a kegger or kippers but with a freestyle showdown of Jewish rappers.
By: STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  September 24, 2007


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


Seven layers of heaven

John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Blackman Theatre, September 22, 2007
Working on the fly, the organizers created an odd layer cake.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 24, 2007


In with the new

Mission of Burma, Institute of Contemporary Art, September 23, 2007
Mission of Burma left the building last Sunday without playing the “hits.”
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 24, 2007


Rock-and-roll circus

Sxip Shirey's 'Hour of Charm'
“We’ll fuck up a lot, that’s just the way it is,” said the evening’s MC/entertainer, Sxip Shirey, adding that everyone in the crowd should “feel free to fart.”
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 18, 2007


Smooth moves

Underworld and John Digweed, Bank of America Pavilion, September 15, 2007
The music of Underworld is almost supremely funkless.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  September 18, 2007


Walk this way

Aerosmith, Tweeter Center, September 14, 2007
The fans — even the post-ironic ones — found it hard to walk away.
By: STEVEN BEEBER  |  September 18, 2007


From prog to pop

Genesis, TD Banknorth Garden, September 11, 2007
Much of the set came from the post-Gabriel, pre- Touch era, when Genesis mastered their orchestral soundscapes.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  September 18, 2007


Disorientation 2007

Guster, Bleu, and Hooray for Earth, Bank of America Pavilion, September 8, 2007
With unsimple, shiny-synth songs like “Simple Plan,” Hooray for Earth are behemothic.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  September 10, 2007


One nation under a groove

George Clinton, Roxy, September 6
A Clinton show is a happy genre collision, where the fantasy of one nation under a groove becomes reality for a night.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 10, 2007


Three out of four ain't good

Animal Collective, Avalon, September 5, 2007
But that wasn’t enough to offset the incessant, atonal rave-like loops that just kept coming in wave after abrasive wave.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 10, 2007


The big show

Exploring the larger side of Burlesque at the Millky Way, September 5, 2007
There was plenty of flesh, exposed and otherwise, jiggling — most notably, four fat-bottomed girls who sang and danced in front of Gunpowder Gelatine.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 10, 2007


Let's just call it emo

Scary Kids Scaring Kids + Dear Hunter, Axis, August 30, 2007
The scariest thing about Scary Kids Scaring Kids is keyboardist Pouyan Afkary.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  September 04, 2007


Down down and away

Spectrum, Middle East Upstairs, August 28, 2007
Perhaps androids dream of more than just electric sheep.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 02, 2007


Finding dignity

Hilary Duff, Bank of America Pavilion, August 30, 2007
Of her fans — bespectacled little girls with glow sticks at Bank of America Pavilion — Duff exclaims, “It’s very, like, empowering!”
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  September 04, 2007


A pair of Kings

The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Show
Elvis loved Elvis tribute acts.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 04, 2007


A disco ball

Rocking the McGrath Underpass
Eventually, a man moved in from the periphery, the music slowed, and the reluctant crowd prepared to return to more conventional locales.
By: CAITIN E. CURRAN  |  August 28, 2007


Past, present, and future tenses

Soulico + Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Paradise Rock Club, August 24, 2007
If Soulico took diversity into the 21st century, SLRAS planted themselves in traditional world-music terrain.
By: STEVEN BEEBER  |  August 27, 2007


Off camera, on stage

Minnie Driver, Paradise Lounge, August 23, 2007
“Brian, dump that bitch!” sang Minnie Driver.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 27, 2007


The Legends of Summer

Hot Stove, Cool Music, Fenway Park, August 24, 2007
Never mind that no one in Legend’s band wore a Sox cap and that Legend himself may, gasp, be a Yankee fan for all anyone knows.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  August 27, 2007

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