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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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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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Groban provides safe, easy listening for fans

Josh Groban isn’t provocative, edgy or sexy — at least not in the traditional sense. He appeals more to old-school sensibilities than modern norms of instant gratification, sensationalism and overstimulation. His music — which ranges from easy listening to pop-opera — is wholesome, straight-laced and, some might say, cheesy. But in an era of overproduced […]

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Concert review: Rihanna at TD Garden

Her repertoire has expanded, but her approach hasn’t changed. Pop/r & b idol and one-time Chris Brown batteree Rihanna continues to play the distant diva in live performance, staging a grand spectacle filled with massive video screens, glowing orbs and expansive wardrobes but revealing little about herself in the process. The Barbadian star doesn’t bare […]

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Keith’s country a good fit for Urban Hub

Keith Urban may have weaknesses, but they weren’t apparent last night. For two-plus hours, the Aussie country-rocker delivered a polished, dynamic performance that kept fans shrieking, clapping and hopping in their cowboy boots. One female admirer appeared to cry when Urban pulled her onstage and handed her the mike during rocker “Kiss a Girl.” Urban’s […]

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