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Daniela Mercury

No Brazilian musician has done more to popularize the sound of contemporary Bahia than Daniela Mercury. She’s long been a huge pop star at home, but over the course of a decade her frothy, high-energy music has gained some real depth, and that’s earned her broader respect. On 2000’s terrific Sol da liberdade (BMG U.S. […]

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Mouse on Mars

The German post-techno duo of Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner, better known as Mouse on Mars, have been on a roll for a couple years now. Though the woozy, slo-mo dub-plasma soundscapes of their 1994 debut, Vulvaland, and its 1995 follow-up, Iaora Tahiti, were undeniably enticing, both albums were a bit too diffuse and […]

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Aida

Aida, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Elton John and Tim Rice’s rock musical turns out to be more melodramatic than Verdi’s 1871 opera. (We won’t begin to compare the music.) Since these easy-listening pop ballads seldom relate to the story, it’s bewildering how automatically Nubian slave princess Aida falls for slumming […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AEROSMITH, KID ROCK, RUN-D.M.C. Sun 9/1, 6 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212. AEROSOL GREY MACHINE Sun 9/8, 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. 312-409-6435. AMERICAN MUSIC DRIVEWAY TOUR Jay Mathes and other artists perform in local driveways and parking lots through mid-October. Fri 8/30, 7 […]

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The Awesome Show

The Awesome Show, Improv-Olympic. Presumably this snappy hour-long piece, starring Peter Gwinn and Meagan O’Brien and directed by Jim Carlson, was developed through improvisation–but apparently according to a paradigm of “No” rather than “Yes, and…” From opening moment to charmingly daft finish, this show is built on antagonism. Propelled by Gwinn’s precisely overplayed inferiority complex, […]

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Standing on My Knees

Standing on My Knees, Janus Theatre, at Stage Left Theatre. The years have not been kind to John Olive’s play about a poet with schizophrenia, but flashy monologues and continued prurient interest in mental illness combine to keep it in circulation. Irresistible to overearnest young companies, it’s just the kind of work they should avoid. […]

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Find the Truth

Kudos to Michael Miner [Hot Type, August 23] for his thoughtful analysis of the flap generated by Gaza Strip. Unfortunately, too many of my coreligionists are prone to hyperbole in defense of Israel. The cry of “blood libel” is absurd, and cheapens the term for the future, when it may well be needed again. And […]