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Maya Beiser

A 10-day residency at Mass MoCA will result in the debut of a portion of cellist Maya Beiser’s cello opera, which investigates the end of the world through a multi-media surrealist lens. Beiser’s “Elsewhere,” to be performed Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., promises to be an electric and mysterious mix of dance, video, music and poetry, inspired by apocalyptic […]

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The Feelies

When New Jersey band The Feelies broke up in 1992, they seemed to be walking away from impending rock stardom after well over a decade of acclaim in the independent music world. Reunited 16 years later, they’ve managed to get back to their original track before they signed to a major label. The band’s latest album, “Here Before,” was released […]

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Review: Kid Creole and The Coconuts — “I Wake Up Screaming”

With this new release, clever tropical funkster Kid Creole — a.k.a. August Darnell, the man in the zoot suit, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band co-founder, the guy with three blond showgirls constantly at his side — returns with confidence. Back in his hey day in the 1980s, Darnell met with acclaim by some and confusion from others. His tongue in- […]

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Review: The Voluntary Butler Scheme — The Grandad Galaxy

One-man British band Rob Jones returns for a second album that utilizes a form of lo-fi pop that references some diverse bands that you wouldn’t expect to pop up together in song. Alternately channeling the sound of Yes and The Real Tuesday Weld throughout, as well as the Art of Noise on “Satisfactory Substitution” and The Magnetic Fields on “Manuals,” […]

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David Lang

Each summer for the past decade, Bang on a Can participants converge on Mass MoCA for an explosion of joyous musical experimentation. Cofounder and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang sees the organization as central to his creative mission in life — and integral to his personal creativity. Bang on a Can’s 10th anniversary celebrations at Mass MoCA — and its […]

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Buke and Gass

Which one is Buke and which one is Gass? The answer is neither — this two-person band is named not after the members, but the hand-crafted instruments they play. Bandmates Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez have added DIY technical prowess to their musical talent to create something new and entirely their own. Dyer plays the buke, which is a six-string […]

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Review: The Mattson 2 “Feeling Hands”

Somehow achieving an impossible quality that involves sounding smooth and rough at the same time, the Mattson brothers — Jonathan on drums and Jared on guitar and bass– deliver an instrumental album of trashy elegance that brings in jazz and surf, and ropes them together in a twine that energizes even it dances around the complications. “Pleasure Point” offers a […]

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Marc Ribot

Guitarist Marc Ribot has made a name for himself, not only through his own work, but through his work for others — people like Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, all of whom can credit Ribot for adding something important to their trademark sounds. Ribot will appear at Mass MoCA on Saturday, July 9, at 9 p.m., as musical accompaniment […]

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John Stirratt

Bass player John Stirratt says there was only one glaring error in last year’s Solid Sound Festival that all the members of Wilco immediately recognized — it needed more Wilco. “The first thing that became obvious was that we should do two nights,” Stirratt said, “because it felt like it’s obviously our festival, it’s a very Wilco-centric kind of thing, […]

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Syl Johnson

Singer Syl Johnson might be a soul blues legend, he might have decades of performing and recording behind him, but he only has one thing that he really wants to talk about — Cypress Hill. Johnson, who will perform at the Sold Sound Festival on Saturday, June 25, at 7:15 p.m., says that the rap group sampled a song of […]

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Dan Zanes

Musician Dan Zanes hears more than just songs when he performs music — the sound of audiences singing along comprises a manifesto of community that he lives his life by. Zanes will perform with Elizabeth Mitchell’s Family Band at Mass MoCA on Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m. A member of the Boston band The Del Fuegos in the 1980s, […]

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Ted Hearne

As composer Ted Hearne watched the events of Hurricane Katrina unfold in real time, the horror he felt began to pile up inside him as a creative  movement. What resulted, his musical piece “Katrina Ballads,” folded in a variety of musical styles into an impossible to classify reaction to the media swirl surrounding the events. Hearne matched the music with […]

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Jake Holmes

You know Jake Holmes’ music and just never realized it. The singer/songwriter has had an over 40-year career that saw him contribute to the careers of Harry Belafonte, Frankie Valli and Frank Sinatra, have brushes with the pop charts and even dictate how Americans perceived Dr. Pepper and the United States Army. Holmes also gained attention because his hit song […]

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Shanghai Restoration Project

Musician and producer Dave Liang’s Shanghai Restoration Project marries Chinese instruments and jazz with Western beats and electronica, something that captures not only a fun, textured soundscape, but also the essence of Liang’s biography. Liang, a Chinese-American born in Kansas and raised in New York, pulled from his personal ancestry, as well as his own travels in China, to concoct the […]

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