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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Arts Appreciation: Hal Blaine — The Beat Goes On by Jason M. Rubin

Hal Blaine contributed so much to such a large number of rock and pop’s greatest hits, that his music will continue to be heard and appreciated for as long as there are radios. The post Ar…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rock Concert Review: After Forty Years, Joe Jackson is Still “The Man” by Jason M. Rubin

The show cemented Joe Jackson’s reputation as an inscrutable and enigmatic songwriter, a talented musician and social outsider who speaks for Everyman. The post Rock Concert Review: After…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Jazz Concert Preview: 41st John Coltrane Memorial Concert to Feature Some “Favorite Things” by Jason M. Rubin

“Now I’m retired, but I still look forward to honoring the legacy of John Coltrane.”

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Music Review: Projections — Alan Parsons To Perform His Sonic Masterpieces by Jason M. Rubin

Asked what the experience was like to go back and revisit his earlier recordings, Alan Parsons explained, “It’s actually very pleasurable, like stepping back in a time machine."

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Film Commentary: Monkee Python and the Heady Grail by Jason M. Rubin

The quality of the experience has as much to do with the star’s in-person performance as it does with the film itself.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

CD Review: Summer Classics…with Strings Attached — The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra by Jason M. Rubin

Why would anyone think a good-time rocker like “Fun, Fun, Fun” needed strings?

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Music Review: Stephen Stills and Judy Collins — Who Knows Where the Time Goes? by Jason M. Rubin

So who knows where the time goes? Sadly, it only goes in one direction. But the past can be gracefully revived.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Book Review: “Shake It Up” — Great American Writing on Rock and Pop by Jason M. Rubin

On the whole, this anthology, along with igniting discussions about sins of omission, will make for entertaining browsing.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Book Feature: The Decibel Diaries — A Journey Through Rock in 50 Concerts by Jason M. Rubin

A journal that is part travelogue, part music history, and part meditation on the evolution of our culture through the often-bloodshot eyes of one man.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Commentary: Donald Trump and the New Culture War by Jason M. Rubin

Who might be chosen to receive a Kennedy Center Honor from President Trump who wouldn’t refuse it?

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: “Caring for Red” — Living out the Last Act by Jason M. Rubin

This is a moving yet quite practical book about caring for an aging parent.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Concert Preview: David Crosby Still Sees the Light by Jason M. Rubin

At age 75, there are more miles behind David Crosby than ahead of him, but he is resolved to carry on with freak flag flying.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Fuse Film Review: Disney’s Revamped “Jungle Book” — A Remarkable Remake by Jason M. Rubin

Those familiar with --and, like me, in love with -- the 1967 animated Disney film, may fear (as I did) that the new version would substitute CGI for story.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Fuse CD Review: Weezer’s ‘Beach Album’ — A Pleasing Breeze of Power Pop by Jason M. Rubin

This album is not a slavish imitation of an old sound but a fresh take on the kind of timeless, tuneful fun that pop music used to be all about.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fuse Jazz Review: Pianist Kenny Werner — Teaching “Effortless Mastery” by Jason M. Rubin

“The problem is that more people get lost going to music school than get found."

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Fuse Feature: Notable Music Deaths of 2015 by Jason M. Rubin

A homage to the amazing musical talents that passed away this year.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fuse World Music Feature: Libana Marks 35 Years of Musical Exploration by Jason M. Rubin

"They are seekers, like we are, and they connect with the music that we play.”

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fuse Album Review: Innovative “Love & Mercy” Soundtrack is Worth the Wait by Jason M. Rubin

Atticus Ross’ success in creating these pieces results in a listening experience quite a bit more harrowing and evocative than the lush and sunny Beach Boys harmonies people are accustomed…

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fuse News: Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Hits the Streets this Saturday by Jason M. Rubin

This year’s festival, themed “Jazz: The Voice of the People,” will explore jazz music in all of its global colors.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “Your Band Sucks” — Plying the Murky Terrain of Indie Rock by Jason M. Rubin

Jon Fine's memoir of his career as a guitarist is an intriguing blend of history, sociology, entertainment, and a healthy dose of after-hours pulp.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Fuse Classical Music Feature: Fifty Years Later, Jacqueline du Pré’s Elgar Remains the Gold Standard by Jason M. Rubin

There is something undeniably affecting about Elgar's composition and cellist Jacqueline du Pré realizes it all with an unbridled depth of feeling.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Fuse Concert Review: Still Highway Stars — Deep Purple Brings the Faithful Back to 1972 by Jason M. Rubin

For the better part of two hours at Lynn Auditorium, this version of Deep Purple rocked a sold-out crowd chiefly made up of 50-somethings.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Fuse Feature: Summer Festival Season Returns — And So Do Fledgling Music and Arts Extravaganzas by Jason M. Rubin

A handy-dandy guide to seven newish summer arts festivals in the Boston area. They are all free of charge.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Fuse Concert Review: Expecting the Unexpected — Brian Wilson Delights at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion by Jason M. Rubin

This was probably the loudest, rockingest Brian Wilson show I’ve ever seen.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Fuse Album Review: Brian Wilson — The Ultimate Rock & Roll Survivor by Jason M. Rubin

No Pier Pressure is Brian Wilson's 11th solo album and it shows little diminution of his still-prodigious talents.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Fuse Jazz Review: Jazz Superstar Esperanza Spalding Thanks October by Jason M. Rubin

Esperanza Spalding is not simply beyond reproach – she is a young lioness the likes of which the jazz world has really never seen before.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fuse Music Preview: Portsmouth, NH and PARMA Recordings Host an Eclectic Music Festival by Jason M. Rubin

Given the diverse musical tastes of label head Bob Lord, it should be no surprise that the second annual PARMA Music Festival will be a thoroughly eclectic affair.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fuse Feature: Nothing But a Houseparty — Jamaica Plain Holds its 1st Annual Porchfest by Jason M. Rubin

JP Porchfest organizers see it as an opportunity not only to provide grassroots entertainment, but also to launch a community-building event that represents and celebrates the area’s ethni…

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fuse Jazz Feature: Teaching By Example – An Afternoon with Drummer Ra-kalam Bob Moses by Jason M. Rubin

One of drummer Ra-kalam Bob Moses's most resonant teachings was that it is better to find the infinite possibilities within a single idea than to keep changing ideas every ten seconds.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fuse Commentary: The “Maleficent” Syndrome — Making the Villain the Hero by Jason M. Rubin

Perhaps because real life is so painful, so tragic, we cannot bear to see evil in full flight. Evil must be relative, it must fly on wings of rationale, on a broomstick of retribution.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fuse Music Homage: Loose Salute — Monkeemania is Alive and Well in Boston by Jason M. Rubin

Loose Salute uses its genuine love for the too-little-heard Michael Nesmith and too-little-respected Monkees songbooks as a springboard for inventive arrangements that are true to the unique…

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