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Classical Music

The BSO Performs Two Classics: Beethoven and…

​It’s Saturday evening and the BSO is alive. The audience that has come to this evening’s performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, given to us by Augustin Hadelich, is the sort that represents the symphony’s continued prominence in the Boston cultural sphere: one sees the young, the old, out in their best, or just out of class from the Conservatory. As with any big soloist, Augustin has brought a crowd with him.

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Record Hospital

A Slice of Summer in October: Sunset Rollercoaster…

Summer has given way to fall, and the weather is following suit. Luckily for us, Sunset Rollercoaster crafted a reverse snowglobe at the Great Scott in Allston last night, preserving a slice of midsummer romance in the packed music hall. Drenching the audience with syrupy synths, the Taiwanese six-piece played their iconic blend of 80’s funk, jazz, and city pop to a sold out house.

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Record Hospital

Bombay Bicycle Club’s Triumphant Return to…

Five years later in the same month of October, I jumped at the chance to see their return tour at the Boston Royale. Peering into those same faces at the Royale’s front lines, I immersed myself in the breathtaking performance that solidified them as the best band — live and recorded — in my mind.

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The Darker Side

Steve Lacy Saves the Day at House of Blues

In front of a full crowd at the House of Blues on October 3rd, Steve Lacy stole the show. Known for his Grammy Nominated work with alternative R&B band The Internet, collaborations with Vampire Weekend and Kendrick Lamar​, and his scrappy yet efficient production methods (documented on Garage Band with his iPhone), Lacy’s solo act definitely did not disappoint.