Nightlife (154)

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Carla Bruni at Berklee Performance Center

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With a beautiful and alluring voice, Italian-born French supermodel Carla Bruni has seduced the world with her intimate love songs. She is touring in support of her new album, French Touch, a collection of adaptations of well-known songs by Depeche Mode, AC/DC, Willie Nelson, The Clash, and more.

In addition to being the wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni has been a pop star in France for 20 years. On French Touch, singing in English, she brings her trademark smoky, breathy vocals to an impeccable range of covers from well-worn standards ("Moon River," "Stand By Your Man") to personal favorites (Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence"). Bruni brings a hint of mischief to Mick Jagger's "Miss You" and a sultry, playful take on AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

Carla Bruni hasn't just been making music throughout her colorful and singular life; she's also been a fan. The singer-songwriter has assembled a trove of all-time sentimental favorites-pop songs forever associated with a person or place or moment in time, the sort of records that she says, borrowing the French term for love at first sight, "have been a coup de foudre."

Bruni, for her part, imagines the record being played "in the car when you go somewhere with someone you like, or a quiet evening, or maybe on a Sunday morning. It's made for being in a warm, cozy place with someone sweet, some sweet moments. That's my dream, you know? That people would listen to my music when they're relaxing and in love."

Carla Bruni has been performing music since 1997, with her first album, Quelqu'un m'a dit (Someone Told Me), being released in 2002. Since then she has had three more critically acclaimed releases, selling over 3 million albums worldwide, including 2007's, No Promises, which set English poems to music, 2008's Comme si de rien n'etait (As If Nothing Happened), and 2013's Little French Songs.


World Music/CRASHarts presents the Boston debut of Carla Bruni on Thursday, February 15, 7:30pm at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Tickets are $79, $58, $48, and $37, reserved seating. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or buy online at


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An Evening With the Slambovian Circus of Dreams

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Called everything from ‘Hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal Americana’, New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams “is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music.” – Chronogram Magazine.

A rootsy psychedelica that Maverick Magazine calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana”, their melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. The Slambovians charm from the first note with thought provoking lyrics for thinking audiences.

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, NY over a decade ago, they pioneered the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes of the music industry. Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception, fans fueled their career from the ground up to an international status. Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, this band has a devoted cult following.

The band is led by songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica) “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic, the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.” – The Big Issue, Scotland, UK, and joined by Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, etc), and Felipe Torres (drums, percussion). They create a captivating vibe that feeds the soul.


The Slambovian Circus of Dreams will be at The Bull Run on Jan. 20. Showtime 8 PM. Tickets $25.

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A Night With Janis

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A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Joplin to become one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Audiences will enjoy Joplin’s favorites, including “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and many others.


Newton native Kelly McIntyre will be playing the role of Janis Joplin. She is thrilled to be coming back to A Night with Janis Joplin! After joining the show for the first national tour in 2016, McIntyre went on to headline and perform in five more productions of Janis at Capital Reparatory Theatre, The Barter Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Laguna Playhouse and McCarter Theatre. Other NYC credits include For Tonight (Goodspeed Opera House), Into the Sun (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Days of Rage (New York Theatre Barn) and Ruth Maier (New York Theatre Barn). McIntyre has sung in concerts and readings all over NYC in venues such as 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room and Don’t Tell Mama.


A Night With Janis Joplin is at the Shubert Theatre Jan 19, 20. Tickets $35. Click HERE for more info.

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Henry Rolling: Travel Sideshow

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For many years, Henry Rollins has used his camera to document his travels around the world. Join Henry for an intimate evening as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu.

Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs. “For many years, I have documented my travels all over the world with a camera. Not always easy but always worth it. Many of the photos have stories behind them. Now and then, I gather several images, show them to an audience and tell those stories.”

As a keen photographer, he will be bringing stories from travel all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica.


Henry Rollins is at The Wilbur on Jan. 24. Showtime 7:30 PM. Tickets $40-$165

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What's in a Name: Hookers & Blow

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How far would you go for Hookers and Blow?

Now…get your mind out of the gutter.

Hookers & Blow is a band led by GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi that will be playing the Greasy Luck Brewpub on Jan. 20.

That’s in New Bedford.

According to the brewpub website, the band will perform all GNR hits, covers, as well as other rock classics. They also guarantee that it will be a “Super Fun Show!!”

Still on the fence about going all the way to New Bedford for a show?

Let’s seal the deal: Shout at the Devil (SATD), a Motley Crue Tribute band will be opening.


Hookers and Blow will be at the Greasy Luck Brewpub on Jan. 20. Showtime 9:30. Tickets $17 in advance or $20 at the door (if not sold out).


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Boxed Wine and Bigfoot

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For 28 years, comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late night show ever made. From 25 appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple appearances on Letterman and Conan to recently riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Madigan is still having a blast and selling out theaters across the country.

Her most recent special “Bothering Jesus” is her fifth hour long standup special and will be her third special to be available on Netflix. “I love working with them. They’re the young people. Network TV will need to adapt quickly to even have a chance to stay in the game. Netflix gets it and makes it so easy for us. Instead of it being a battle of content and rules, it’s just fun. What it’s supposed to be,” she says.

So how is it, the Detroit Free Press asks, “that Madigan has yet to be cast as the wise cracking a) best friend b) office worker or c) martini-swilling mother-in-law in any of countless sitcoms? We’re thinking it’s because she’s so irreplaceable on the stage. She’s described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now but no gender qualifier is necessary. Along with Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, she’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation.”

“I just want to tell jokes. I didn’t start doing open mic to become an actor on a sitcom or in a TV commercial. Those things never ever crossed my mind, “Madigan says. “For a few of us working, telling jokes was our main goal. I don’t have any more goals. Can’t you ever have a goal, reach it and enjoy it? Our society is being driven by type-A lunatics who say you have to set more goals. Well maybe they do but we all don’t. Have a seat, grab a drink and enjoy the fact you made it to the goal. Maybe that’s the Irish in me talking though.”

Madigan has performed internationally at festivals in theaters in Ireland, England, Hong Kong, Australia and has filmed six Montreal Gala Shows at the Montreal Comedy Festival for CBC TV. “I never realized how middle America I am until performing overseas. It all works but needs some tweaking when the crowd isn’t all Americans. It’s a good challenge and made me a better comedian.”

She’s won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Comedian” and the Phyllis Diller award for “Best Female Comedian.” She has written and produced for Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil” on Comedy Central and done multiple USO tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The USO shows are the best. Trust me, no crowd is as appreciative and fired up to see any entertainer. I’m glad I have the chance because God knows I don’t wanna have to do their job!”

Madigan is an advocate and fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and Autism. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she splits her time between the road, LA and her Ozark home in Missouri.


Kathleen Madigan plays The Wilbur on Jan. 13. Showtime 7 PM. Tickets $32-$39

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Songs from Three Mile Island

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What happens when a dozen songwriters get stranded for a week on a primitive island in Lake Winnipesaukee? Come listen and find out. It's an evening of all-new works from the Sub Rosa Collective. The Club Passim Iguana Music Fund sponsored this group of castaways for their 7th Annual Songwriting Retreat last June. Six months on, they're holding their reunion with us, sharing intimate songs arranged for a big band and lots of backup singers. These artists are all favorites at Passim, having appeared under their own name or with various bands. 


Miss Tess

Kristin Andreassen

Charlie Rose

Dietrich Strause

Jocie Adams

Kris Delmhorst

Mark Erelli

Rose Polenzani

Rose Cousins

Sean Staples

Dave Godowsky

Dinty Child


Sub Rosa Songwriting Retreat - Songs from Three Mile Island is at Club Passim on Jan. 7. Showtime 7 PM. Tickets $20/$25



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The Killers at The Garden

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The Killers are a Las Vegas-based four-piece who formed in 2003, featuring the talents of singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, drummer Ronnie Vanucci, guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer. The band has received countless accolades for their artistic achievement, including multiple Grammy nominations, American Music Award nominations, MTV Video Music Awards, NME Awards and more.

Their first album, Hot Fuss, was released in 2004 to worldwide acclaim. The album contained the singles “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” in addition to the anthemic song “All These Things That I’ve Done,” which has since been referenced by the likes of U2 and Coldplay. The band toured for two years straight behind Hot Fuss, playing more than four-hundred shows, and eventually returned to Vegas to begin to work on the follow-up album with legendary producers Alan Moulder and Flood. The result, a love letter of sorts to their hometown entitled Sam’s Town, was released in 2006 and spent forty-two weeks on the Billboard Top 200.

The Killers have appeared three times on Saturday Night Live, in addition to performances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A b-sides collection entitled Sawdust was released in 2007. The Killers have sold over twenty-five million albums worldwide; their third studio album, Day & Age, was released to widespread critical praise in 2008. The following tour saw the band headlining two of America’s most prestigious festivals, Lollapalooza and Coachella, as well as selling out Madison Square Garden for the third time.

Wonderful Wonderful., the band's fifth studio album, and first in five years, was released on September 22nd on Island Records. The band plats The Garden on Jan. 7. Showtime 7:30 PM. Tickets $25-$95.

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The Nervous Eaters at Thunder Road

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Boston punk legends The Nervous Eaters, were originally managed by Jimmy Harold, owner of the Ratskeller. They recorded their first two singles for Rat Records. They also were the second house band after Barry and The Remains. For a good 2 years, The Eaters opened and head-lined with just about every major band to play the Rat. They also recorded with Elektra records, Penniman and No Tomorrow records. The Nervous Eaters are proud of their long association with Rick Harte and Ace of Hearts records. New Eaters CD’s are planned by The AOH’s Label.


The Nervous Eaters play Thunder Road on January 6. Showtime 8 PM. Tickets $10 Advance / $12 Day of Show -

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Oskar Wylde Plays the Back Bay Ball

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Oskar Wylde is a mix of Berklee grads and Boston's most sought after musicians. Together these talented musicial create a sound fused from Blues, R&B, Rock and Gospel music. Combine this musical experience with an electrifying stage show, and you have none other than Oskar Wylde.


Oskar Wylde plays the fabulous Back Bay Ball on Sunday, December 31st, from 7pm-2am. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

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