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August 27, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Venue 505, August 22          If there is a goddess of music she was smiling on this. Ra-Kalam Bob Moses has been among jazz’s key drummers for 50 years, his associates including Pharoah Sanders, Roland Kirk, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton. In the heady 1960s his regular collaborators…

August 26, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Medicated Spirits (Orange) Rock has a knack for hanging on to the various styles from across its history. Everything from rockabilly to heavy metal and punk has been sustained by successive generations of players and fans. Among the threads is a subsection of pop-rock that we might call the “charm…

August 19, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Joan Sutherland Theatre, August 17 Most great narrative art is based on the same premise: depicting love in a pressure-cooker. Puccini’s Tosca is one of the ultimate music-based explorations of love as passion, as jealously, as affection, as protection, as sacrifice and as unbearable loss. John Bell makes an august…