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Playlist: Mamie Minch

Brooklyn-based blues guitarist and singer Mamie Minch will play Mass MoCA on Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m. You can check out tons of video of Mamie performing here, but let’s just look at this one to get you going. Mamie was kind enough to create this special playlist for the blog. It’ll give you a great idea of the where her heart is and the […]

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Playlist: Jeff and Jane Hudson

This is a picture of Jeff and Jane when they were but babes. Now you know them from their musical and art careers, and ownership of Hudson’s. I’m going to feature Spotify playlists by fabulous guests on this blog and I asked Jeff and Jane to kick things off for me. Enjoy!!!  Listen to the playlist!

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Simple Minds – 5×5 Live

The Scottish band Simple Minds is largely remembered in the United States for one song and one song only: the theme to the ‘80s teen angst hit, “The Breakfast Club.” But as their new double release “5×5 Live” reminds us, these one-hit wonders had existed for seven years and had six albums under their belt before they hit the charts […]

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The Lovely Eggs – Wildlife

The term punk persists, but I have my doubts whether it really exists anymore, at least in its pure, original form. One argument in favor of the flavor of 1977 as a modern existence is certainly The Lovely Eggs. This British band mixes girlie charm and young cheekiness with a mix of garage noise and chiming catchiness that hearkens back […]

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Laura Marling

British singer Laura Marling came out of a London scene that looked to roots and folk music for its inspiration, but that sound already felt like home to her. The kind of music she now plays is actually part of the sound of her childhood, absorbed and reconsidered through her own filter. “When I was very young, it was the […]

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The Bandana Splits

Draw ing inspiration from past girl groups, like the Andrews Sisters and the Ronettes, the trio known as the Bandana Splits are adding an indie-pop cred to the form that is all their own. Consisting of Lauren Balthrop and Annie Nero, both of the band Balthrop Alabama, and solo performer Dawn Landes, the band got its start after an impromptu […]

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Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters have won the hearts of bluegrass fans, but their appeal has been steadily moving beyond that audience and into the rest of the world. The band plays tonight at 9:15, as part of the FreshGrass Festival at Mass MoCA. The band includes Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book […]

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The Devil Makes Three

The Devil Makes Three pulls from the dark side of Americana past in order and plants the result of their inspiration smack dab in the middle of today. The band will perform as part of the Fresh Grass Festival at Mass MoCA on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9:15 p.m. With a decade behind them, the band — consisting of guitarist/frontman […]

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Julia Easterlin

Musician Julia Easterlin considers her main instrument to be her voice, and shaped her compositions and performance style to highlight that. Easterlin uses a loop pedal in her performances, which is a digital sampler utilized by musicians — most often guitarists— to create short, repetitive riffs that are laid over each other to created textured rhythms. Easterlin has been using […]

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Patrick Watson

Montreal musician Patrick Watson and his band — collectively also known as Patrick Watson — have been making music together for the past 10 years. With their new album, “Ad ventures in Our Own Back yard,” the lessons of the past are being applied in simple ways that will project their love of live performance into the future. With his […]

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Review: The Other F Word

In Anthony Burgess’ novel “A Clockwork Orange,” the violent protagonist, Alex, has a much different ending than in the probably more-widely experienced film. In the notorious 21st chapter — which wasn’t even available in the U.S. for about 20 years after the book was released and which the film ignored — the wild boy does something unexpected. He grows up. […]

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Paola Prestini

Composer Paola Prestini’s latest work, “Oceanic Verses,” captures migratory patterns in Italy — the result of its own journey through the time and culture of that country, as well as Prestini’s own experiences. The piece follows the stories of four archetypal characters as they make their ways across Italy and along the Mediterranean Sea. At center is a scholar, who […]

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Review: Katzenjammer – A Kiss Before You Go

The best all-girl band currently in existence — and maybe, just maybe, of all time — just got better and it’s only their second album. Katzenjammer boasts four multi-instrumentalists from Norway — Oslo girls Anne Marit Bergheim, Marianne Sveen, Solveig Heilo and Turid Jørgensen — who create songs from a variety of sounds — from feel-good folk to torch songs to […]

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Cuddle Magic

The self-described “chamber pop collective” Cuddle Magic was formed at the New England Conservatory in 2005. The legend goes that the band got its name from the audience’s need to huddle up close to hear them; they were allacoustic and shows began to resemble a group cuddle. The practice wasn’t just to be precious but was for technical reasons as […]

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Nick Zammuto

For the last decade, Nick Zammuto has achieved recognition as one-half of the innovative duo, The Books. Now Zammuto is saying goodbye to that project and moving into a more personal realm musically. “The Books went so far beyond what our expectations were that we were always just reeling from these unexpected things that would happen,” Zammuto said, “and we […]

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