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The Book Thief

An uplifting tale set against the horrific backdrop of Nazi Germany, “The Book Thief” has all the markings of shameless Oscar bait, and certain critics have already labeled it as such. But this strange and provocative adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-seller ably transcends awards-bait write-offs, playing instead as a film with a keen interest in the origins of intolerance, and growing as dark as a movie can while still remaining family-friendly.

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Rock on

Just one song into Dana Fuchs’ Jan. 29 concert at the World Café Live’s Downstairs Live, one could feel the love between he singer and the large number of her more than 100 die-hard fans. The venue, located across the hall from the WXPN 88.5 FM, resembled an expanded-purpose jazz club, but for one night Fuchs transformed the place into an all-out-rock-’n’-roll venue.

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Life stories

You can’t go back, well, unless you’re a pop star. When Liz Phair returned to the Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St., last week to render tracks from her classic breakthrough “Exile in Guyville,” …

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Folk heroes

The Philadelphia Folk Festival, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday, turns 47 this year, but the event is younger than it’s ever been. Intriguing artists will energize the festival, whic…

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A good run

Eardrum rattling noise, endless pyrotechnics, blood and fire flashback when I recall my initial Spectrum experience. Pre-pubescent male heroes Kiss hit the stage in 1977 and I can’t forget the sight…

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A well-oiled Machine

It’s getting out of control with cover bands. I’ve never been the guy that’s been about bands that make their living playing other artists’ material. However, there are exceptions. I changed my tune …

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700 kind words

George Carlin didn’t make music, but he moved me as much as any musician. I’m a bit dumbstruck the world stopped for Tim Russert, but not for Carlin. No offense to Russert, who was an exceptional jou…

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Out of MySpace

If the entertainment business is not what you know but who you know, how can Kate Voegele fail? Kevin Federline and Tom Anderson, the first friend of MySpace, are key players in the Voegele story. T…

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Senior sounds

Deborah Harry wants another hit. This is true even though the New Wave icon will turn 63 in less than a month. It’s not easy for pretty young things to hit the chart, let alone those on the edge of s…

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Hot tickets

The beginning of summer can only mean crowded beaches, pools of perspiration and packed music venues. The concert season is upon us and there are a number of can’t-miss shows, just like every summer…

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