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concert review

Thank You, Stevie

by Rita Houston

It was a masterful evening of song and honest emotion at Madison Square Garden last night, with Stevie Wonder doing Songs in the Key of Life. The 1976 double album, chock full of hits, delivered a solid reminder of his songwriting genius — and allowed him plenty of room for showmanship.

But this was no oldies revue. It was full of musical surprises, progressive performances, and social relevance. Stevie rapped between songs, broke into tears on several occasions and spread love and joy to the packed house.

'Folk Scare' at Town Hall

by John Platt
Joan Baez and Patti Smith, backed by the Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and others

The late, great Dave Van Ronk used to joke about "The Great Folk Scare" of the early '60s. As "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," he was an intimate witness to it. Joel and Ethan Coen have made a movie,  "Inside Llewyn Davis," very loosely based on Van Ronk's memoir, going into limited release on December 6, with a soundtrack album, produced by T Bone Burnett (who compiled the landmark "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack for the Coens), coming out on Nonesuch on November 12.

Nothing Petty About The Heartbreakers

by John Platt

it's been years since I saw Tom Petty and the Heatbreakers in concert, but when my friend Paul invited me to join him last night at The Beacon, I jumped at the chance. To see a band that good with prime seats in a venue that small is pretty special. They've got a five-concert residency (ending on Saturday), which allows them to play around with the set list each night.