Winchester Star: Music

  • Cappella Clausura’s entire repertory this season features women composers
    Wednesday - 01/16/2019 - 09:49 PM

    They worked in convents. If they showed talent, it was stifled when adulthood approached. “Women wrote to their physical reality,” says Cappella Clausura’s music director Amelia LeClair. “Not being able to leave home, or the convent, they had to write smaller pieces.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MUSIC REVIEW: The Revivalists get Boston jumping
    Monday - 01/14/2019 - 05:52 AM

    New Orleans is known as the musical mecca where musicians and bands gleefully ignore stylistic boundaries and mix genres in unexpected ways. About the only thing you can be sure of is that with any Crescent City band, there will be plenty of rhythm.The Revivalists come out of that grand tradition, almost in a direct line from the funky r&b of The Meters, or the soul-funk of the Neville Brothers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Year in review: The best jazz albums of 2018
    Thursday - 01/03/2019 - 10:26 AM

    The physical album as a vehicle for new music is becoming rare, with downloads and online collections taking over, and jazz is often out of the spotlight these days. But there are plenty of dedicated artists out there playing one of the true American art forms, and we always like to salute the ones that have found their way to our stereo the most this year. We still get a lot of physical jazz CDs, which is a much appreciated treat.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: It's a blues bash in Boston with the North Mississippi All Stars
    Sunday - 12/30/2018 - 07:19 PM

    The North Mississippi All Stars don't play in New England nearly enough, it seems, but they certainly make it count when they do. Saturday night's marathon show before about 300 fans at Brighton Music Hall in Boston was a 26-song, roughly three-hour-and-20-minute epic that marvelously lived up to the band's stated goal of both preserving classic blues and bringing it into the 21st century. Along the way, there were several covers of classic blues titans' works from decades past, [...]

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  • Music: Juliet Simmons DiNallo finds her voice
    Saturday - 12/29/2018 - 04:26 AM

     Juliet Simmons DiNallo said she always enjoyed singing, but it took her years to find her voice as a songwriter. Now DiNallo, perhaps best known in the Boston area recently as leader of the rockabilly band Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos, has made a couple of moves – musically and geographically – that both bring her closer to Southern music; classic Nashville country spiced up with some Memphis soul. DiNallo will be celebrating the release of her new album, [...]

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  • Big Something keeps on groovin'
    Friday - 12/21/2018 - 04:52 AM

    Although they hail from Burlington, North Carolina, there is surely no moss growing on the Big Something.   The independent rock/funk/jazz band is completing a year of touring, while also celebrating their fifth studio album, which is their sixth overall.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Homecoming: Boston crowd gives Norwell's Susan Tedeschi and band a hearty welcome
    Monday - 12/03/2018 - 11:10 AM

    There is apparently no limit to the enthusiasm Boston area fans have for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and thankfully, apparently no limit to the number of songs that can be transformed by that stellar 12-person musical troupe.Friday night was the middle night of the band's three-night stay at The Orpheum Theater in Boston, with nary a seat to be had, and after two-and-a-half hours of rock, blues, soul, gospel and jazz, the 2,300 fans were still roaring at the finish.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • DeVotchKa more than Hollywood sound
    Thursday - 12/06/2018 - 10:17 PM

    Roosty vibe a throwback to vaudeville, cabaret jazz

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  • SOUNDS OF THE SEASON - AND SANTA
    Saturday - 12/01/2018 - 03:45 PM

    Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart may not be the most in-demand person this holiday season, but he’s one of them – just ask his family.“As my wife, Emiley, explained to two of my sons, then 3 and 5, a few years ago, ‘Dada is very busy at this time of year, just like Santa Claus,’” said Lockhart with a laugh by telephone recently while driving from New Hampshire to Boston with Pops Director of Artistic Planning Dennis Alves and Manager of [...]

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  • Music: Drive-By Truckers' Mike Cooley cruises solo
    Thursday - 11/29/2018 - 03:33 AM

    "I don't do light-hearted," said Mike Cooley with a rueful sort of chuckle. "I don't feel good about writing a song if I don't have something to say. But you've got to remember, there are still plenty of subjects you can write about without always going into topical things."Cooley is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the main songwriters in the Drive-By Truckers, and he's about to embark on a solo tour through Christmas.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Lights Out Blues Band will shine at Jasper Hill
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 04:00 AM

    Gary Bernath has loved the harmonica since, many decades ago, his father gave him one so he could learn how to play “Silent Night” during the Christmas season, and “Red River Valley” the rest of the year.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music review: The Revivalists get Boston in the groove
    Monday - 01/14/2019 - 12:47 PM

    New Orleans is known as the musical mecca where musicians and bands gleefully ignore stylistic boundaries and mix genres in unexpected ways. About the only thing you can be sure of is that with any Crescent City band, there will be plenty of rhythm.The Revivalists come out of that grand tradition, almost in a direct line from the funky r&b of The Meters, or the soul-funk of the Neville Brothers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: 'Gumbo, Grits and Gravy' is a stew of musical styles
    Wednesday - 01/09/2019 - 04:39 PM

    Blues is a jumping off point for Guy Davis. He uses it as a basis to explore a variety of sounds and styles. Over his lengthy career, Davis has played all the usual blues venues and festivals, but also rock clubs and coffeehouses, and even on the dramatic stage where he's both starred in and been the driving force behind several successful shows. So it comes as no surprise that Davis is right in the middle of an intriguing new project that blends several American music genres and [...]

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  • MUSIC REVIEW: Standout classical CDs of 2018
    Sunday - 12/30/2018 - 02:34 PM

     Selling recordings has never been a strength of classical music. In fact, now it’s not strength of any kind of music. But classical music ensembles have found a way — with limited pressings, direct sales from web sites, recording live performances, touring and selling disks like the entrepreneurs they are — to make the economics of recording feasible.And listeners benefit.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MUSIC REVIEW: Best Classical CDs of 2018, by Keith Powers
    Sunday - 12/30/2018 - 02:47 PM

     Selling recordings has never been a strength of classical music. In fact, now it’s not strength of any kind of music. But classical music ensembles have found a way — with limited pressings, direct sales from web sites, recording live performances, touring and selling disks like the entrepreneurs they are — to make the economics of recording feasible.And listeners benefit.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music Scene: Jay Miller picks his favorite albums of the year
    Wednesday - 12/19/2018 - 03:15 PM

    ED. NOTE: suggested photos at carlaryder.com, kerripowers.com, jaypsarosmusic.com, yeproc.com (Alvin/Gilmore)It's that time of year again, when everybody comes up with their Best of 2018 lists, and as usual we will start by advising that we don't get to hear everything that is released.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Marshall Crenshaw joins the Smithereens for Scituate show
    Friday - 12/14/2018 - 04:47 AM

    The Smithereens had a handful of hits in the late 1980s, as their gritty power pop found an audience that appreciated their classic garage rock sound with its punky intensity.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Homecoming: Boston crowd gives Norwell's Susan Tedeschi and band a hearty welcome
    Sunday - 12/02/2018 - 11:35 AM

    There is apparently no limit to the enthusiasm Boston area fans have for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and thankfully, apparently no limit to the number of songs that can be transformed by that stellar 12-person musical troupe.Friday night was the middle night of the band's three-night stay at The Orpheum Theater in Boston, with nary a seat to be had, and after two-and-a-half hours of rock, blues, soul, gospel and jazz, the 2,300 fans were still roaring at the finish.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Homecoming: Boston crowd gives Norwell's Susan Tedeschi and band a hearty welcome
    Sunday - 12/02/2018 - 12:47 PM

    There is apparently no limit to the enthusiasm Boston area fans have for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and thankfully, apparently no limit to the number of songs that can be transformed by that stellar 12-person musical troupe.Friday night was the middle night of the band's three-night stay at The Orpheum Theater in Boston, with nary a seat to be had, and after two-and-a-half hours of rock, blues, soul, gospel and jazz, the 2,300 fans were still roaring at the finish.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MERRY MUSIC: Celebrity Series performances celebrate the season
    Wednesday - 11/28/2018 - 03:24 AM

     Whatever your religious beliefs, the holiday season is about finding light in a time of darkness, hope during periods of despair, peace amidst violence. And that seems more possible when singers and musicians voice these visions.During three Celebrity Series concerts in December, these universal desires will be expressed by a South African gospel choir, a multi-cultural quintet collaborating with a Greater Boston youth chorus, and a musician bringing together Boston police and [...]

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