Winchester Star: Music

  • Music: Echo and the Bunnymen back with new album, tour
    Saturday - 11/17/2018 - 02:16 AM

    Echo and the Bunnymen have always been a band that seemed to delight in upending expectations. Forming in 1978 in the Liverpool area at the height of the punk rock era, they leavened their music with pop melodies and singer Ian McCulloch's poetic imagery.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Lev Mamuya guest performs with Newton's New Phil Nov. 17-18
    Thursday - 11/08/2018 - 04:05 PM

    At 22, few musicians expect to be performing with an orchestra for the second time. Or for that matter, performing a work like the first Shostakovich cello concerto for the second time.But Newton's Lev Mamuya will be doing just that this month, in two appearances with the New Philharmonia Orchestra.Recently graduated from Harvard, and finishing the master’s component of a joint degree with New England Conservatory, Mamuya did indeed perform once before with the New Phil - [...]

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  • Music review: Love and 'Healing' with the War and Treaty duo
    Sunday - 11/04/2018 - 03:30 PM

    When most of the audience is roaring in a standing ovation after the first song, you can be certain it's going to be a special night. That was surely the case Saturday night at The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, where one of the hottest acts in contemporary music delighted about 200 fans with a 90-minute show that was never less than galvanizing. The War and Treaty is the group fronted by the husband-wife team of Michael and Tanya Trotter, and their back story is as [...]

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  • Wavves, Beach Fossils light up Boston club
    Monday - 10/29/2018 - 09:42 AM

    One fine way to brighten up the weekend after Saturday's all-day wet and nasty Nor'easter was to catch the tour combining surf-punks Wavves and jangly pop rockers Beach Fossils at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Sunday night.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Singer Didi Stewart takes another musical turn at the Lilypad
    Tuesday - 10/23/2018 - 10:51 AM

    It’s difficult to keep track of the kinds of music Didi Stewart has been singing throughout different phases of her career. When the New Jersey native first arrived in Boston – after convincing her parents that she was going to attend Berklee College (she only lasted a semester before quitting to join a band ...More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Taunton native Kerri Powers mixes styles
    Thursday - 10/18/2018 - 08:47 PM

    Some songs, with incredible finger-picked and slide guitar work, suggest a player steeped in the blues of the Mississippi Delta. Others evoke the country-rock of an Emmylou Harris, the gritty honky tonk of Leon Russell, or the swampy sounds of Lucinda Williams. But the musician producing all of those sounds is Taunton native Kerri Powers, whose latest album "Starseeds" came out in May and is one of 2018's most beguiling records.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Lovelytheband gives Boston crowd much to 'Smile' about
    Monday - 10/15/2018 - 11:43 AM

    "I wrote this song at my lowest point..and I've had mental health issues throughout my life," said singer Mitchy Collins of Lovelytheband, in surely one of the most unforgettable song introductions, before a sold out crowd of 525 fans at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Saturday night. "We have an epidemic of this stuff; depression, anxiety, addiction," he continued.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Band That Time Forgot opens the music vault at the Burren
    Wednesday - 10/10/2018 - 10:55 PM

    There was a time when Tim Jackson was playing in seven bands at once. In Boston. A drummer since his middle school days in Westport, Connecticut – when his dad bought him a gold sparkle snare drum ...More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Sideman Zachariah Hickman takes center stage at Passim
    Monday - 10/08/2018 - 05:57 PM

    Ask Zachariah Hickman a straightforward question, and you get an honest answer. The host of, performer in, and creator of the upcoming “Songs and Strings” shows at Club Passim on Oct.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • REVIEW: Maroulis is stunning in North Shore's 'Jekyll & Hyde'
    Tuesday - 10/02/2018 - 02:46 PM

    'American Idol' alum aces a challenging role at North Shore Music Theatre, with great support from fellow 'Idol' finalist Diana DeGarmo.

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  • Music: John Butler brings 'Home' to Boston
    Thursday - 11/15/2018 - 11:24 AM

     John Butler's latest album, "Home," released on September 28, has been hailed as his most personal collection yet, but that doesn't mean he's turned away from the social and ecological issues that permeated his previous work.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Vibraphone virtuoso Joe Locke touring new album in Boston
    Thursday - 11/08/2018 - 10:45 AM

    Jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke tackles big concepts with his music, so it's not surprising that he describes his latest work, "Subtle Disguise," as the "total expression of who I am as a musician and human being." It also probably unavoidable that such an admittedly autobiographical concept would also touch upon life in America in 2018.Those are good reasons why Locke's latest effort, which will be released on Origin Records next week, is so compelling and appealing, and why next [...]

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  • Music: Lucinda Williams sill cruising 20 years after 'Car Wheels'
    Wednesday - 10/31/2018 - 12:01 PM

    It's impossible to overstate the impact of Lucinda Williams' 1998 album "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." That's the record that finally allowed her to break through to a wider audience, and it is often cited as the album that more or less established the Americana category.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Marshfield's Anthony Geraci is happy to sing the blues
    Thursday - 10/25/2018 - 01:31 PM

    Marshfield resident Anthony Geraci has recorded enough albums to know what makes for a good session; like-minded musicians who also get along. Luckily for music fans, Geraci has a boundless list of friends among some of the country's foremost blues musicians, which is one of the things that makes his new album, "Why Did You Have To Go?" (Shining Stone Records) such a delight. Geraci and his Boston Blues All Stars will be performing tonight at The Fallout Shelter in Norwood, as [...]

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  • Leonard Bernstein at 100: Celebrating the Maestro's Music
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 10:47 PM

    Leonard Bernstein won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and 16 Grammy Awards, and his achievements are celebrated in an exhibit curated by the Grammy Museum.Through videos of Bernstein’s performances and talks, as well as staging of his personal items and a thematic exploration of his life, "Leonard Bernstein at 100” offers an intimate look at the legendary composer, conductor and educator who grew up in the Boston area and worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at [...]

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  • The multifaceted Christine Lavin returns to Amazing Things in Framingham
    Wednesday - 10/17/2018 - 03:12 PM

    Good-humored singer-songwriter-raconteur Christine Lavin had an inauspicious start in the world of music. As a 6-year-old, she was taking piano lessons from a teacher whose preferred method of dealing with a student’s mistakes was with a crack across the knuckles.“I would come home crying and beg my parents to let me quit piano lessons,” said Lavin, who is scheduled to headline a show at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham Oct.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Austin's Black Joe Lewis and Honeybears bring punked-up blues to Boston
    Friday - 10/12/2018 - 01:39 AM

    Black Joe Lewis brings a primal power to his rock and blues that is exceedingly rare these days. While he's cited Howlin' Wolf and James Brown as two major influences, and they certainly are, we'd add the late Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, another guitarslinger whose raw passion and 'swing for the fences' vocal style was unforgettable.Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears just released their fifth studio album, "The Difference Between You and Me," and their current tour brings the Austin, [...]

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  • White Denim rocks Boston
    Wednesday - 10/10/2018 - 03:36 PM

    White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki told us last week that their live shows tend to favor more of their harder rocking, most energetic songs, and he certainly didn't lie, based on Tuesday night's raucous rock show at Brighton Music Hall.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Expect a mix of musical styles from White Denim
    Thursday - 10/04/2018 - 02:34 PM

    The Austin, Texas, rock band White Denim flavors its basic rock 'n' roll with a potpourri of other styles, but that's kind of logical, since their origins came out of a virtual collision of bands. White Denim, which has included tinges of punk-funk, psychedelic, country, heavy metal, and Latin jazz, just released its latest album, "Performance" on August 24, and the quartet's national tour will be stopping off at Brighton Music Hall on Tuesday night.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Boston concert: Jeffrey Foucault at City Winery Oct. 5
    Thursday - 09/27/2018 - 02:01 PM

    Depending on which part of a live show by Jeffrey Foucault or which track on one of his albums you’re listening to, you could get a quiet, heartfelt ballad or a flat-out rocker.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Waltham musician Linda Marks organizes Women in Music Gathering
    Friday - 11/16/2018 - 10:55 AM

    When the Women in Music Gathering Showcase gets going at the Burren in Somerville on Nov. 18, there will be 11 women onstage, each of them ready to perform a couple of songs, many of them ready to back up others on instruments or in voice.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • John Medeski's Mad Skillet sizzlin' up songs at Brighton Music Hall
    Wednesday - 11/07/2018 - 05:30 PM

    Keyboard ace John Medeski hasn’t stopped playing for something like the past 50 of his 53 years. He has a recollection of sitting next to his dad – an amateur pianist who was always a hit at parties as he launched into “Tea for Two” or “Up a Lazy River” – when he was a toddler, doing his best to play along, especially when dad got around to “In the Mood.”“That’s how I got introduced to the piano,” said [...]

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  • The Rockin’ Chairs keep the old tunes rockin’ in Newton
    Thursday - 11/01/2018 - 05:20 PM

    A typical set of music at a show by The Rockin’ Chairs begins with “Stuck on You,” a song Elvis Presley recorded in 1960, and ends with the Everly Brothers’ first hit “Bye Bye Love,” from 1957.As those will likely be the opener and closer when The Rockin’ Chairs perform at Union Street Restaurant in Newton on Nov.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Musician Ezra Furman talks about his faith and the fight against homophobia
    Wednesday - 10/24/2018 - 02:15 PM

    At first glance, the song title “Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 At Goodwill,” might read like an ode to the bargain glamor of thrift store browsing, but according to rocker Ezra Furman, the track is among the most painful he has penned.“That song is brutal for me; it’s just brutal,” said the 32-year-old queer musician, who graduated from Tufts University in 2008.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Leonard Bernstein at 100: Celebrating the Maestro's Music
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 08:21 PM

    Leonard Bernstein won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and 16 Grammy Awards, and his achievements are celebrated in an exhibit curated by the Grammy Museum.Through videos of Bernstein’s performances and talks, as well as staging of his personal items and a thematic exploration of his life, "Leonard Bernstein at 100” offers an intimate look at the legendary composer, conductor and educator who grew up in the Boston area and worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at [...]

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  • Winchester Community Music School announces programs
    Wednesday - 10/17/2018 - 03:10 PM

    Winchester Community Music School, located at 407 Highland Ave., will host the following events. For information, call 781-721-2950 or visit https://winchestermusic.org.Faculty Concert: “Spook Fest”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. WCMS will host an evening of family-friendly “spookiness” with piano faculty member Kaeza Fearn and guest pianists Ken Fearn (her father) and Lorin Fearn (her brother).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Lovelytheband gives Boston crowd much to 'Smile' about
    Monday - 10/15/2018 - 12:47 PM

    "I wrote this song at my lowest point..and I've had mental health issues throughout my life," said singer Mitchy Collins of Lovelytheband, in surely one of the most unforgettable song introductions, before a sold out crowd of 525 fans at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Saturday night. "We have an epidemic of this stuff; depression, anxiety, addiction," he continued.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Lucero bringing Memphis rock to Boston
    Tuesday - 10/09/2018 - 11:43 AM

    “In the beginning we didn’t expect to be here 20 years later, or, we expected to be rich and ruling the world,” said Ben Nichols, singer and guitarist for Lucero.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Concert preview: October promises big names and a few dummies
    Thursday - 10/04/2018 - 02:00 PM

     The Mouse That RoaredModest Mouse, Oct. 5, Worcester Palladium, Worcester; and Oct. 6, The Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Conn.Here’s some good news for people who like “Good News for People Who Love Bad News,” the breakthrough album from Modest Mouse.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Music: Country legend Hal Ketchum is still going strong
    Thursday - 09/27/2018 - 06:18 AM

    Hal Ketchum is happily semi-retired in the Austin, Texas, area, so his swing through New England this weekend is a rare treat for fans of his genre-crossing music. As his heyday atop the country charts in the 1990s proved, Ketchum's music is a hybrid with plenty of folk, rock and soul elements coloring his music.Ketchum is playing Saturday night at the Spire Center in downtown Plymouth.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share