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Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo Swap Songs

Song swapping may be the best way for a couple of esteemed singer/songwriters to tour. Rather than one opening for the other, sitting on stage together and taking turns playing songs allows the evening to unfold in unexpected ways. One performer is inspired by a line in the other’s song and brings out one with [...]

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John Hiatt’s ‘Slow Turning’ 30 Years On

John Hiatt became eligible for Medicaid Monday, marking his 65th birthday at the first of two sold out shows at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Va. But there was nothing suggesting anything close to retirement in his show with The Goners, the ace Louisiana trio led by guitarist Sonny Landreth. Indeed, on a night [...]

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Two Rascals Rock (with Carmine Appice)

One of the great underrated American bands of the 1960s is the Rascals, purveyors of a soulful brand of East Coast that provided a few hits that everybody knows and who forged an expansive, spiritual course before petering out in the 70s. There have been attempts this century to reunite the original four, primarily by [...]

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who is America?’

Heavy prothetic makeup is the vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest devilish comedy. Lest anyone imagine he is Ali G or Borat, he’s padded with all kinds of altering makeup  to lure the famous and not so famous before his cameras under false pretenses in the elaborate prank undertaking “Who is America?” (Showtime, 10 p.m.). [...]

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UCB: Conjuring New Show Every Night

“Seinfeld” might have been a TV show about nothing, but shows by the Upright Citizens Brigade at Woolly Mammoth literally begin with nothing. The “Four Gorgeous Women!” as they kept calling themselves, came out on stage (a fifth person, a guy, who was listed in the program, didn’t materialize). And aside from a sci-fi themed [...]

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Taylor Swift’s Big, Big Stadium Show

Despite the dizzying confluence of torches, fireworks, lights, immense video screens, dancing squads, light-up fan wristbands and three-story snakes — so many snakes — in Taylor Swift’s big Reputation stadium tour, the best moment comes when she’s finally alone with the guitar. It happens just over halfway in her two hour extravaganza when she’s on [...]

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The Feelies at the 930 Club

The fast jangle and hypnotic rhythms of The Feelies is not just a warm throwback to 1980s when their first album ushered in a precise kind of frantic nerd rock, influencing a number of other bands. By now, the band is a standard bearer for an enduring strain of New York rock. With its droning [...]

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U2 Tells Its Story at CapitolOne Arena

It was only last year when U2 hit the stadium circuit for a kind of nostalgia immersion with the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree.” The give and take for the band’s 2018 tour boasts smaller venues — if hockey arenas can be considered small — and a largely lesser known album to promote, last [...]

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore Joins Dave Alvin

Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for years on the Americana circuit, but it wasn’t until they joined forces for a brief acoustic tour last year did they find that they also cut their musical teeth watching blues greats at the old Ash Grove club in Los Angeles. They decided to [...]

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Belle and Sebastian at The Anthem

Belle and Sebastian’s current tour is a movable feast, where substantially different set lists are conjured each night, whole sections of musicians are added and subtracted, and the fun being had on stage is certainly contagious to those in the crowd. The setup at the Anthem Saturday for the group was an odd one: general [...]

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