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Stevie Wonder brings classic ‘songs’ to life at Boston show

Grown men shouted “I love you, Stevie!” Sixty-year-olds pumped their fists, twirled and took selfies. Ushers danced in the aisles. And for a couple of hours, all was right with the world again. Stevie Wonder performed his seminal 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life” at the sold-out TD Garden Tuesday night, and in […]

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Jay Z, 2 Chainz, Timberlake heat up winter concert scene

If you’re looking for reasons to stay indoors over the next few months (and with the wacky weather we’ve been having, who isn’t?), here’s a short list of area shows that should bring the heat. Some ticket info is provided, but for shows that are already sold out, try sites like StubHub.com or AceTicket.com. Jay […]

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Review: Jay Z, Timberlake put on legendary show at Fenway Park

Picture this: Two musical heavyweights perform at a sold-out Fenway Park, sharing the stage and commanding it separately with help from a sprawling live orchestra. The songs range from lush, emotive pop/R&B numbers to anthemic rap tracks that shake the venue, where fans alternately scream, dance, rap, sing along and sometimes just stare in awe. […]

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Review: 2 Chainz proves ignorance is bliss at Boston show

You could sum up the sold-out 2 Chainz show on Tuesday like this: Ignorance is bliss. It doesn’t matter that the Atlanta rapper is peaking at 36 in a game centered around fresh-faced 20-somethings and teens. It doesn’t matter that he talks almost exclusively about strippers, sex and money. It doesn’t matter that he drops […]

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Public Enemy, Hip Hop Gods reign supreme at Royale in Boston

You could say the all-stars aligned. Sunday night at Royale, a diverse array of classic hip hop rulers staged a show that lasted more than four hours, mixing wisdom with entertainment and touching on everything from the Illuminati to the ills of commercial hip hop. Boston rap veterans Akrobatik and Edo G shared the stage […]

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Concert Review: Nas shines while Lauryn Hill falters in Boston

Nas and Lauryn Hill are hip hop legends with classic catalogues and die-hard fan bases that span from hippies to hipsters, speaking to the pair’s appeal far beyond traditional rap circles. But Sunday night at the sold-out House of Blues, that’s where the similarities ended. On their co-headlining Life Is Good/Black Rage tour, the two […]

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Flashback: Review of Boston’s Hip-Hop Unity Fest 2011

[Originally published in the Boston Herald.] All kinds of people caught feelings about this one. Oh well. The world didn’t end on Saturday, but a rapture of a different kind swept over hip-hop heads at the Paradise that night. The fifth annual Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest had emcees from multiple styles and stages of notoriety […]

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Review: Kings ascend ‘Throne’ at TD Garden

BOSTON – There were no backup dancers or hype men at the TD Garden on Monday night. No opening acts. No self-absorbed diatribes about greatness. No ridiculous jewelry, shirt removal segments or serenades to random females called onstage. Rap superstars Jay-Z and Kanye West didn’t have to babble about their dominance in hip-hop or stuff […]

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