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Review: Wilco @ Orpheum Theatre (Boston) 01-30-16
LIVE MUSIC

I know I can always refer to Wilco when I want to make a point about what an idiot I actually am. Not that it isn’t obvious to most people. Wilco is one of those bands that I’ve avoided most of my life. First because they weren’t aggressive enough, second because I associated them with my ex, and third because I thought they were washed up at this point. Like I said, I’m an idiot. Another reason for me to...

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Tuesday, 02 February 2016
Review: Van Morrison delivers inspired jazz-rock show in Oakland
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By Jim Harrington jharrington@bayareanewsgroup.com Van Morrison seemed intent on proving a point. It began when he first took the stage on Monday night at the Fox Theater, promptly — as is his wont — at the scheduled set time of 8 p.m. His first notes of the evening weren’t sung, but rather blown thrown an alto saxophone. He followed that brief instrumental with a vibrant take on “Close Enough for Jazz,” from his 22nd studio album, 1993’s “Too Long in...

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Thursday, 21 January 2016
Wolfmother with Silversun Pickups
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Two years ago I said to myself, “Wolfmother’s gonna get pretty friggen big.” But never would I think the day would come where I would see a Wolfmother billboard hovering above the giant guitar at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas where they were scheduled to play that night with L.A.’s Silversun Pickups. This show marked the final performance of a six-date U.S. stint and the idea to go out with a bang was quite obvious in both bands’...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2006
The National, Baby Dayliner, Mobius Band
LIVE MUSIC

Perhaps someone forgot to tell members of the National that they don’t always have to try so hard. That, like a string on a guitar, any performance will eventually snap after being wound tighter and tighter. But maybe the band is used to the snap after years of touring, because they seem to do it once every other song or so. The trying so hard is second nature now. And it’s only getting better, proved by the evening’s show with...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Elefant, Morning After Girls
LIVE MUSIC

What a strange bill. It’s not surprising to see the Morning After Girls playing with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but it certainly is odd to throw Elefant in the mix. Australia’s Morning After Girls were a stunning wall of sound as usual. The band seem to be putting on a more charismatic stage show with the more touring they do. Compared to last year’s gig at Spaceland, the Girls came off as more confident and more commanding. And then there’s...

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Sunday, 27 August 2006