Friday, October 11, 2019

Jazz Album Review: jaimie branch’s “FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise” — Into the Outer Reaches by Steve Feeney

jaimie branch knows music has to be wild and dangerous and beautiful to cut through all the distractions of our times. The post Jazz Album Review: jaimie branch’s “FLY or DIE II: bird do…

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Blues Album Review: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ “Cypress Grove” — Old Fuses With New by Ryan Lee Crosby

In Cypress Grove, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes’ deep Bentonia guitar remains pure and present, while his vocals, which have never sounded better, are solid and vibrant throughout. The post Blues Al…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Music Interview: Talking to Rocker Amy Rigby — Musician Turned Author by Blake Maddux

“I’ve put out records by myself before, but this is like 10 times the work!” The post Music Interview: Talking to Rocker Amy Rigby — Musician Turned Author appeared first on The Arts…

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Film Review: “Pain and Glory” — Almodovar’s Remembrance of Things Past by Erica Abeel

What remains so seductive about Almodovar is the way he replicates the movement of thought, creating a seamless weave between the story moving forward -- rather minimal in this case -- and t…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Arts Feature: “Sesame Street” Comes to Harvard University to Celebrate Turning 50 by Susan Miron

The highly entertaining gala celebrated the five decade long partnership between TV's Sesame Street and Harvard University. The post Arts Feature: “Sesame Street” Comes to Harvard Univer…

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Book Review: “Lampedusa” — Writing “The Leopard” by Roberta Siman

Steven Price creates a mid-twentieth century world that is filled with the same kind of conflicts that Lampedusa himself confronted in writing The Leopard, his great novel about nineteenth c…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Music Interview: “Going to the Place That’s the Best” — Norman Greenbaum Returns Home to Malden by Jason M. Rubin

The hit 1969 song "The Spirit in the Sky" by Malden’s own Norman Greenbaum is the inspiration for one of several new works of public art. The post Music Interview: “Going to the Place Th…

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Classical CD Review: “Free America!, Early Songs of Resistance and Rebellion” — Fight the Power! by Susan Miron

Enjoy Boston Camerata's Free America! for its high spirits and its crafty, delicious way of making the iconoclasm of the past come alive. The post Classical CD Review: “Free America!, Earl…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Film Review: “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” — Subversive Non-Fiction by Tim Jackson

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles is nothing if not provocative fodder for a cinematic niche: the animated feature sheds intriguing light on one of the major film directors of the 20th…

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Coming Attractions: October 6 through 22 — What Will Light Your Fire by Bill Marx

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks. The post Coming Attractions: October 6 through 22 — What Will Light Yo…

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

World Music Review: Tinariwen’s Saharan Grooves by Mark Hänser

Tinariwen's music exudes determination, the soulful energy of ethnic resilience. The post World Music Review: Tinariwen’s Saharan Grooves appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Visual Arts Review: “Women Take the Floor” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts by Kathleen Stone

Had the curatorial parameters been tighter in concept, and more generous regarding the source of the work, the MFA might have produced a great, rather than just a good, exhibit. . The post V…

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Classical CD Reviews: Christian Tetzlaff plays Beethoven & Sibelius, Rachel Barton Pine takes on Dvorak & Khachaturian, and Wagner’s “Sieg by Jonathan Blumhofer

Christian Tetzlaff’s brilliant account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto makes for a great album; Rachel Barton Pine’s versions of Dvorák and Khachaturian violin concertos are songful; o…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Visual Arts Review: Gordon Matta-Clark, Anarchitect — Anarchy + Architecture by Mark Favermann

Brandeis’ Rose Art Museum presents a creative, insightful look at urban blight. The post Visual Arts Review: Gordon Matta-Clark, Anarchitect — Anarchy + Architecture appeared first on Th…

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Classical CD Reviews: “To Paradise For Onions,” “Transatlantic,” and “Die Zauberflöte” by Jonathan Blumhofer

To Paradise for Onions is a lovely album; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 's Transatlantic is spirited; Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Die Zauberflöte is lost in the crowd. The post Classical CD Re…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Film Review: “Joker” — Here Come the Killer Clowns by Gerald Peary

Screenwriter-director Todd Phillips knows well what he is doing in the calculated way he escalates the bloodshed in Joker. The post Film Review: “Joker” — Here Come the Killer Clowns a…

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Jazz Album Review: “Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert” — A Complex Dream by Michael Ullman

For many listeners, Zigsaw will serve as a welcome introduction, not only to a virtuoso jazz ensemble led by an innovative leader, but to the music of composer Steve Lampert. The post Jazz A…

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Rock Album Review: John Powhida International Airport — “The Bad Pilot” by Jason M. Rubin

Musically, The Bad Pilot encompasses the sound and feel of everything from Philly soul to new wave, hard rock, funk, and progressive rock. The post Rock Album Review: John Powhida Internatio…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Music Commentary: Songs Ken Burns Overlooked in “Country Music” by Matt Hanson

Country music is as rich and complex as any other genre, but given the inevitable marketing tie-ins, it might be a good time to offer the names of artists and songs that either weren’t inc…

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Theater Review: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” — Absurdist Death Pangs by Bill Marx

Much ado about nihilism. The post Theater Review: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” — Absurdist Death Pangs appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Film Review: A Rundown from the San Sebastian International Film Festival by Gerald Peary

How is this festival kept off the map from my US colleagues? The post Film Review: A Rundown from the San Sebastian International Film Festival appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Theater Review: Asian Delights from Yukio Mishima and Tennessee Williams by Robert Israel

Kudos for two short plays by Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishma at this year's Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival The post Theater Review: Asian Delights from Yukio Mishima a…

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Dance Review: “Giselle” Now — at the Boston Ballet by Marcia B. Siegel

The performance I saw on Friday night revealed Boston Ballet's priorities: while the dancers possess a high degree of technical skills, they have a looser notion of nuanced acting. The post …

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Jazz Review and Perspective: Stan Getz (and Everyone Else) in 1961 – “Getz at the Gate” by Steve Elman

Saxophonist Stan Getz knew whom to listen to and whom to borrow from, and the repertoire for the 1961 Village Gate gig was particularly satisfying. The post Jazz Review and Perspective: Stan…

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Television Review: “The Family” — Ruthlessness and Christian Piety by Matt Hanson

The documentary sees The Family as really just a huge, secretive, and well-funded lobbying firm: separating church and state is for losers. The post Television Review: “The Family” — R…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Author Interview: Will Birch Talks about Nick Lowe — Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Bassist, and Cult Figure by Blake Maddux

Will Birch's biography Cruel to Be Kind effortlessly details the six decade career of rocker Nick Lowe. The post Author Interview: Will Birch Talks about Nick Lowe — Singer, Songwriter, Pr…

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Theater Review: “Tiny Beautiful Things” — A Little Anonymity Can Bring Us Closer Together by Erik Nikander

At its best, Tiny Beautiful Things delves deep into demanding emotional territory without becoming sappy or maudlin. The post Theater Review: “Tiny Beautiful Things” — A Little Anonymi…

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Film Reconsideration: The Beats’s “Pull My Daisy” at 60 by Steve Provizer

You can go home again, daddy-o, but you’re not the same person you were the first time around. The post Film Reconsideration: The Beats’s “Pull My Daisy” at 60 appeared first on The …

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Arts Remembrance: Robert Hunter, Lyricist for the Grateful Dead by Scott McLennan

Robert Hunter did as much to shape the sound and influence of the Grateful Dead as guitarist Jerry Garcia did. The post Arts Remembrance: Robert Hunter, Lyricist for the Grateful Dead appea…

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Book Feature: Jake Brennan’s “Disgraceland” — A Wicked Exposé of Popular Music’s Psychopaths by Peg Aloi

Jake Brennan’s unique blend of humor and horror generates very entertaining stories about some of the most shocking crimes committed by various icons of rock, pop, and punk music. The post…

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Theater Review: ArtsEmerson Presents the Exhilarating “Passengers” by Christopher Caggiano

The latest show from circus troupe The 7 Fingers is both intimate and gasp-inducing. The post Theater Review: ArtsEmerson Presents the Exhilarating “Passengers” appeared first on The Ar…

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