The hit-to-miss ratio was high Friday night as we meandered around with the teeming masses.
-Jim Boggia is a terrific Philadelphia singer-songwriter we caught at the Creekside EMC at the Hilton Garden Inn. Beautiful voice with a pleasingly raspy grain, classic pop melodies and songs that split your sides one minute and bring a tear to your eye the next.
-Doveman is a side project of Sam Amidon and they filled the elegant Central Presbyterian Church with Thomas Bartlett's compelling hushed vocals and an intricate layer cake of piano, banjo, guitar, and drums. This is dreamy, late-night headphones nirvana.
-She and Himare actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward respectively and they slayed the Parish with their harmony-kissed spin on old-time soul and country, including a terrific spare cover of Smokey Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me."
-Robyn closed out the night-- after a long wait due to technical problems-- with a bubble pop electric set at dance club Pangaea with Perez Hilton in attendance. (She's playing the gossip-slinger's "secret show" tonight). It remains to be seen if her "comeback" --she's remained a star in Sweden since her initial U.S. success in the mid-'90s-- takes over here as well as it has abroad but her energetic, tuneful pop was infectious. And for music this poppy- think Britney with a Euro-twist and more heart-- it was encouraging to see the jaded hipsters out in full force supporting her.
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ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.