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Singer Dar Williams Debuts With Full Symphony

June 12, 2013, 2:01 PM
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Dar Williams in the Radio Boston studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dar Williams is a major force in the American folk scene. The New Yorker called her “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.” But this weekend, she’s trying something new, making her debut with a full symphony orchestra.

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And Now It’s Her Turn: Aoife O’Donovan Debuts Solo Album

June 07, 2013, 2:29 PM
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Aoife O’Donovan and Fionnuala O’Donovan in the Radio Boston studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

For years, Aoife O’Donovan fronted Crooked Still, a band she helped form in 2001 at the New England Conservatory. But now, it’s her turn to go it alone. On June 11th, she releases her debut album “Fossils.”

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Gangstagrass: Johnny Cash Meets Jay-Z

May 27, 2013, 2:33 PM
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The band Gangstagrass on stage. (Gangstagrass.com)

At first glance, it doesn’t seem a likely recipe for success but don’t say that to Rench, the musical brains behind the Brooklyn-based project Gangstagrass.

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The National, Fun, Dirty Projectors Play Boston In New Music Festival

May 23, 2013, 1:50 PM
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Andrew Bird performs during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Indio, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Nineteen acts will take over City Hall Plaza this weekend in the first Boston Calling Music Festival. Many are saying the event is a Vitamin D shot for Boston’s music scene and City Hall Plaza itself. We preview the bands and talk to some of the organizers to peek behind the scenes.

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The Chameleon Arts Ensemble Takes On The 20th Century

May 15, 2013, 2:53 PM
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The Chameleons. (Photo by Susan Wilson)

The magic in music — whether it be transforming notes from devilish to delightful, or the sheer, dream-like quality of early 20th century compositions — that magic is at the heart of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s 15th Anniversary Season Finale, titled “Mystic Moons and Dream Music”.

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Great Gatsby: The Opera

May 10, 2013, 2:13 PM
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A scene from the new Great Gatsby film from Warner Bros. (Warner Brothers)

Over the years, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” has become an American classic. It has also inspired movies, plays, even an opera which will receive its Boston premiere this weekend.


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