Review: Marc Cohn, Blind Boys of Alabama blend pop, gospel

This photo provided by BMG shows Marc Cohn and Blind Boys of Alabama,

Music Review: Marc Cohn and the Blind Boys of Alabama team up for a trio of studio recordings complemented by a live set from a PBS concert series on "Work to Do," a blend of pop, soul and gospel with an uncontrived spiritual touch

Review: Bird and Bee cover Van Halen — no guitars, much fun

This cover image released by No Expectations/Release Me Records shows “Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: A Tribute to Van Halen” by The Bird and the Bee. (No Expectations/Release Me Records via AP)

Music Review: The Bird and The Bee, formed by Inara George and Greg Kurstin, cover Van Halen songs without guitars but plenty of fun, grace and aplomb, focusing mostly on Van Halen's debut album and big hits from the David Lee Roth era

Review: Laura Lippman's new stand-alone novel is superb

This cover image released by William Morrow shows

Laura Lippman's new stand-alone novel, "Lady in the Lake," is elegantly written and works well on several levels

Squeeze briskly provided wonderful look back Friday at Foxwoods

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze. (Contributed)

Friday night in the sold-out Fox Theater at Foxwoods, U.K. pop band Squeeze artfully stuffed 21 of their singularly tuneful songs into a joyfully aerodynamic 85-minute set. You do the math.




Each hospital feels like a family

Just like with families, some are warm and welcoming and others are dysfunctional and belong on "The Jerry Springer Show."

Rick's List Juxtaposed Press Conferences Edition

My pal Jim Spinnato is a hypnotist and a very good one. It's true that, when I volunteered to be a subject at one of his live shows, he was unable to hypnotize me — which is a shame because he convinced the other...


Upcoming concerts and shows

Michael Franti & Spearhead — Nov. 2 at the Garde; tickets on sale now; $40-$70

Jodi Picoult — Sept. 22 at the Garde; tickets on sale now; $20-$30

The Brothers Four — Nov. 9 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $65

Barnstar — Nov. 10 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $30

The Clairvoyants — Dec. 21 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $45-$85

David Sedaris — Dec. 8 at Shubert, New Haven; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $53-$69