Winchester Star: Music

  • For Bruce Hornsby, song doesn't remain same
    Sunday - 06/24/2018 - 05:00 AM

    Bruce Hornsby never ceases to surprise music lovers. Casual fans may know him for his piano playing via early hits like “The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain” and “The Valley Road.”Or for they might be familiar with his work with Huey Lewis and Don Henley, who replicated Hornsby’s sound on “Jacob’s Ladder” and “The End of the Innocence,” two songs the Virginia native wrote and/or played on.But for [...]

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  • SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Johnny Irion brings special friends to Club Passim
    Thursday - 06/21/2018 - 01:12 PM

    Don’t even think about trying to pigeonhole the kind of music Johnny Irion plays. The North Carolina native who long ago settled down in western Massachusetts, has been in rock bands, is a student of all sorts of traditional folk traditions, has waded in country-folk waters when teaming with his wife Sarah Lee Guthrie, and knows his way around a good pop tune.When he returns to the stage at Club Passim on June 27, during a tour to promote his new album “Driving Friend, [...]

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  • Music: Four chances to see guitar ace Jimmy Vivino
    Thursday - 06/14/2018 - 05:04 AM

     Jimmy Vivino knows a few people. “Duke Levine. So good. I feel like he’s famous among the guitar community, unknown more broadly than that like Danny Gatton was for so long, and the nicest cat.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MUSIC SCENE: 'LSD Tour' kicks off in Boston
    Wednesday - 06/13/2018 - 06:52 AM

    One of the summer's most anticipated tour packages kicked off its multi-city run in Boston Tuesday night, as "The LSD Tour," featuring alt-country/Americana pillars Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam took over Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.All three stars played sets of about an hour apiece, with mostly good results and warm responses from the 3800 or so fans in attendance.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MUSIC SCENE: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore bring roots rock to Fall River
    Sunday - 06/10/2018 - 10:47 AM

    The big summit meeting for music fans in the Boston area this week is the Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore "Downey to Lubbock" tour, which played the Narrows Center for the Arts Saturday night, and touches down at City Winery in Boston on Sunday night.Fans of roots music no doubt know both men, but many listeners might view it as an odd pairing, even if both are indisputably pillars of the wide-ranging Americana genre.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Rockport Chamber Music Festival puts focus on the future
    Thursday - 06/07/2018 - 04:47 AM

    It wouldn’t be fair to say that Barry Shiffman cares more about what happens offstage than he does onstage.The Rockport Music artistic director does care what happens onstage. You can see that in an instant, with his first summer festival about to begin, and performers like the Emerson, Dover and Brentano string quartets, sensational young singers like Davóne Tines and Samantha Hankey, soloists like Yekwon Sunwoo, Colin Carr, Stephen Prutsman - almost two dozen [...]

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  • SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Amanda Maffei continues to live the musical life
    Tuesday - 06/05/2018 - 09:00 PM

    There wasn’t much doubt that music would be an important part in Amanda Maffei’s life. Growing up in Marblehead, she and her four siblings all took music lessons; her grandfather played banjo and guitar for, among many situations, the original Broadway production of “The Sound of Music,” Kate Smith, and various radio shows; her mom played a bit of piano, but sang all the time, “really strong and really off key, but it was glorious because she loved it, [...]

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  • Boston Pops July 4 concert will include popstar Rachel Platten, Indigo Girls
    Wednesday - 05/30/2018 - 02:30 PM

    BOSTON – It’s a fabulous all-female Fourth of July celebration in Boston this year.Popstar and Newton native Rachel Platten is one of five women joining conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the traditional concert and fireworks spectacular on the Charles River Esplanade.Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the folk-duo Indigo Girls, and Rhiannon Giddens, frontwoman of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, also will share the stage on Independence Day.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt perform in Fall River
    Saturday - 05/26/2018 - 08:40 AM

    There was plenty of songwriting muscle on stage at The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River Friday night, not to mention songwriting bloodlines. Justin Townes Earle and Lilly Hiatt both performed generous sets of their alternative country music, before about 240 fans.Earle's 17-song set covered every phase of his career over its 95 minutes, as well as some tasty covers, none more so than The Replacements cover that served as his final encore.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Rory Block has a blast singing the blues
    Thursday - 05/24/2018 - 10:47 PM

    Rory Block grew up loving music, but when she heard acoustic country blues at age 14, she had really found her destiny. Block grew p in Greenwich Village where her father had a famed leather shop.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Milton's Jenna Lotti's new chapter
    Thursday - 06/21/2018 - 12:51 PM

    When last we talked with Milton songwriter Jenna Lotti, about a year-and-a-half ago, she had just released a new batch of songs on an EP that showcased her engaging rock 'n' soul sound. The intervening 18 months have seen a lot happening for the former Milton High softball star, but she's back in town this weekend, opening for the Seattle folk-rock group Kuinka at Brighton Music Hall on Saturday night.  To summarize, Lotti has married her collaborator, guitarist Chris [...]

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  • Music: Rock duo Deaf Poets have a sound all their own
    Sunday - 06/17/2018 - 07:16 PM

    Music fans wouldn't usually associate Miami Beach with a hard rock scene as that sizzling vacation mecca is more noted as an epicenter of dance pop, Latin grooves and electronic music.But Deaf Poets is the band devoted to classic garage rock, punk rock, and even grunge that made their name in Miami Beach regardless of the prevailing stylistic winds.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Triple play: Earle, Yoakam and Williams kick off summer tour in Boston
    Wednesday - 06/13/2018 - 10:58 AM

    One of the summer's most anticipated tour packages kicked off its multi-city run in Boston Tuesday night, as "The LSD Tour," featuring alt-country/Americana pillars Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam took over Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. All three stars played sets of about an hour apiece, with mostly good results and warm responses from the 3,800 or so fans in attendance.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Triple play: Earle, Yoakam and Williams kick off summer tour in Boston
    Wednesday - 06/13/2018 - 10:47 AM

    One of the summer's most anticipated tour packages kicked off its multi-city run in Boston Tuesday night, as "The LSD Tour," featuring alt-country/Americana pillars Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam took over Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. All three stars played sets of about an hour apiece, with mostly good results and warm responses from the 3,800 or so fans in attendance.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Rockport Chamber Music Festival puts focus on the future
    Thursday - 06/07/2018 - 02:00 AM

    It wouldn’t be fair to say that Barry Shiffman cares more about what happens offstage than he does onstage.The Rockport Music artistic director does care what happens onstage. You can see that in an instant, with his first summer festival about to begin, and performers like the Emerson, Dover and Brentano string quartets, sensational young singers like Davóne Tines and Samantha Hankey, soloists like Yekwon Sunwoo, Colin Carr, Stephen Prutsman - almost two dozen [...]

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  • 'Cinderella' legend Lesley Ann Warren joins the Pops for 'Dance to the Movies'
    Wednesday - 06/06/2018 - 12:24 PM

    While Lesley Ann Warren said she enjoys performing alongside professionals from TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” in the touring production “Dance to the Movies,” that doesn’t mean she has any plans to compete for the famed Mirrorball Trophy.“I love this company of singers and dancers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • South Shore student musicians celebrate 35 years Project STEP
    Thursday - 05/31/2018 - 11:12 AM

    Young local string players from the South Shore will get the chance to perform on the big city stage for the 35th anniversary celebration of Project STEP on June 10 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.Project STEP, or String Training and Education Program, is a year-round classical music training program for young musicians of color from around greater Boston.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Joaquim Cooder joins his dad Ry at the Wilbur
    Tuesday - 05/29/2018 - 04:15 PM

    Ry Cooder and Joaquim Cooder have more in common than just sharing a last name and being father and son. They also both have new records out: Guitar- and singer-songwriter legend Ry’s is the album “The Prodigal Son.” Following in his musical footsteps, percussionist and singer-songwriter Joaquim’s is the EP “Fuchsia Machu Picchu.” They’re also both on the bill – in two separate sets – at the Wilbur in Boston on June 7.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Rory Block has a blast singing the blues
    Thursday - 05/24/2018 - 08:55 PM

    Rory Block grew up loving music, but when she heard acoustic country blues at age 14, she had really found her destiny. Block grew p in Greenwich Village where her father had a famed leather shop.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Robert Finley's 'Goin' Platinum Tour' hits Boston
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 07:14 AM

    The rock 'n' soul tornado that is Robert Finley swept through Boston Monday night, with a 70-minute show that was all heat and passion, before about a hundred fans at Brighton Music Hall.If that name sounds familiar it is because we just wrote about Finley in March, when he appeared at the House of Blues in Boston as part of Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Revue, and delivered a segment that essentially stole the show from the acclaimed Black Keys frontman.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share