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Lauren Carter

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One garden at a time

The Food Project is on a mission to increase fruit and vegetable consumption

Grow your own vegetables through Massachusetts’s Food Project’s Build-a-Garden program.

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Neo soul icon D’Angelo captivates eclectic House of Blues crowd

African American Music appreciation month

Some artists need slick marketing campaigns and smoke and mirrors effects to succeed. Others thrive based solely on raw talent. D’Angelo falls into the latter category. At the House of Blues last Tuesday, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist dubbed “R&B Jesus” staged a rousing 85-minute show that likely qualified as a religious experience for those in attendance.

Boston summer concert guide

12 must-see shows guaranteed to bring the heat

For anyone who missed the recent brilliance of D'Angelo at the House of Blues, not to worry. There are plenty of other shows this spring and summer (and one in the fall) that should satisfy discerning music fans.

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The-Dream’s “IV Play” is versatile, visionary R&B

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and producer enlists Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland and 2 Chainz on fifth album

The-Dream may not have the star power or name recognition of some of his R&B contemporaries. He’s spent a good chunk of his career in the shadows creating hits for the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Usher and turning other artists into superstars. But on his fifth solo album, “IV Play,” the singer-songwriter and producer delivers another stellar solo effort and proves that whether working behind the scenes or taking center stage, he’s an R&B force to be reckoned with.

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112 brings R&B hits, harmonies to stage

Apparently 112 never got the memo that R&B is dying and they should reinvent themselves as techno-pop artists or look for a new line of work. The quartet — comprised of Quinnes “Q” Parker, Daron Jones, Marvin “Slim” Scandrick and Michael Keith — brought heartfelt, danceable hits and gospel-tinged harmonies to the Wonderland Ballroom in Revere last Friday night, proving that the power of R&B remains strong even in an era of microwave music and diluted dance hybrids.

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High time for Chris Brown to face the man in the mirror

Another week, another ill-advised rant from Chris...

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Onion’s tweet about young star no laughing matter

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” star and...

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Public Enemy, Hip Hop Gods reign supreme at Royale concert

Icons bring music with a message to Hub tour stop The Hip Hop Gods tour featuring...

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Hip Hop 1942 digs deeper, links jazz and hip hop

(L-R): Muse, Igmar Thomas, Phillip Young, Jesse Scheinin, John Egizi and Raydar Ellis. (Jean Connaughton photo)...

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Hip hop’s premier poet Nas returns with ‘Life Is Good’

Hip hop fans, prepare to write...

‘Into the Woods’: A new take on old classics

A hen that lays golden eggs. A wolf with a healthy appetite and a few...