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Music, All Shook Down Richard Thompson Doesn't Fail to Charm at Great American Music Hall, 5/12/14

Richard Thompson Doesn't Fail to Charm at Great American Music Hall, 5/12/14

Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic) Monday, May 12, 2014 Great American Music Hall Better than: Your estimation of what the phrase "solo acoustic" means. "I have this magical formula for lack of success," says Richard Thompson, alone on stage with his…
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Music, Hear This Richard Thompson: Show Preview

Richard Thompson: Show Preview

For a musician blessed with such remarkable talents, British folk-rock giant Richard Thompson remains far from a household name beyond his modest cult of fans. One of the founders of pioneering U.K. outfit Fairport Convention, Thompson helped shape the group's…
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Dining, SFoodie Wine Country Report: Duck Tacos and Live Music at City Winery, Passport Zinfandel Tasting in Sonoma

Wine Country Report: Duck Tacos and Live Music at City Winery, Passport Zinfandel Tasting in Sonoma

If your idea of a great music experience has morphed from brown-bagging booze and stage diving in a purple velvet skin revealing outfit to something more comfy -- say, a seated meal of local duck tacos with decent (on tap)…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Real Wainwright's Wainwright

A Real Wainwright's Wainwright

There's a squirmingly funny scene in Judd Apatow’s TV series, Undeclared, in which Loudon Wainwright III offers to play a song for Adam Sandler, who is visiting Wainwright's son's dorm. Instead of singing some quaint tune, Loudon brays an angry…
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Calendar, Night&Day Folk Rocks

Folk Rocks

Richard Thompson is a legend. From seducing the entire world with "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" with then-wife Linda in 1974 to his current solo CD, Sweet Warrior, Thompson's barely-underground fame only swells over time. File him…
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Music, Reviewed Peter Case

Peter Case

What a long, strange trip it's been for Peter Case. He's gone from the proto-power pop of the Nerves and Plimsouls to several solo albums of reflective, spunky folk rock. Then it was back to the Plimsouls, and now he's…
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Music, Hear This The Double delivers its much-hyped electronic rock; the return of folk master Richard Thompson

The Double delivers its much-hyped electronic rock; the return of folk master Richard Thompson

Fresh off the release of its major-label debut, Loose in the Air (Matador Records counts these days, right?), the Double will arrive at Mezzanine this week to set the stage for French pop sensation M83. The Brooklyn quartet's latest features…
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Richard Thompson Mock Tudor (Capitol) As a musician who's spent three decades not only building a rep as one of England's greatest rock guitarists, but also as the master of the acidic lyrical kiss-off, it's worth noting that Richard Thompson…
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The guitarist of a semi-famous alternative band once summed up the contributions of his producer this way: "He smoked a lot of pot, yelled at his girlfriend, and hit 'record' when we told him to." Once, during the recording of…
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