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    Lady Gaga Brings 'Monster' Tour to Boston

    There were no slip-ups for Lady Gaga as she launched the U.S. leg of her new tour at Boston's Wang Theatre on Tuesday night with the first of two sold-out shows. After a fall on stage in Montreal a week earlier and the October cancellation of her Fame Kills tour with Kanye West -- which she promptly replaced in the calendar with this jaunt, dubbed the Monster's Ball -- Gaga was likely in need of an error-free evening. She delivered that -- and, for better or worse, so much more. Or did she?

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    Actor Ryan Gosling Debuts Band in Boston

    When actor Ryan Gosling brought his band, Dead Man's Bones, to Boston's Middle East Club for the opening of its first-ever tour Wednesday night, the place was sold out and every song was whooped, hollered, and ecstatically applauded by the crowd, even though the album dropped just last week. Sycophantic celeb-loving? Or respect for Gosling's musicianship? Bit of both, seemed like. Not that Dead Man's Bones horreur spectacular didn't deserve big-ups. Gosling's band included friend and fellow actor Zach Shields, and featured the gorgeous honeyed voice of pianist and flautist Andye Jamieson.

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    'It's Always Sunny' Musical: Lots of Promo, Few Surprises

    Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year it seems. Especially if there's a super-duper stocking stuffer DVD to pimp. The cast of hit FX series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia kicked off their six-city road show Tuesday night at Boston's House of Blues with a teaser from the show's upcoming Xmas release, A Very Sunny Christmas, which set the tone for the entire night: The show was much less an artistic endeavor than an unabashed promo for all things Sunny. The Christmas clip was packed with the kind of stinging skits the show has now honed to a sublimely ridiculous point. Set in a South Philly bar, operated by the Gang -- brother and sister Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Dennis (Glenn Howerton), their friends Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Charlie (Charlie Day), and their father, Frank (Danny DeVito) -- Sunny is Friends meets Cheers.

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    Exclusive: Pixies Will Play U.S. 'Doolittle' Shows

    Alt-rock kingpins the Pixies will make their live return to the U.S. this fall! Frontman Frank Black tells SPIN.com that the Boston-born quartet will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking release, Doolittle, by playing the album in its entirety in Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, New York City, and "maybe Montreal" this fall. "I believe we're doing the Wang Center in Boston," he says of his hometown gig at the 3,600-capacity venue. Exact dates have yet to be confirmed. The U.S.

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    St. Vincent Kicks Off U.S. Tour

    "I totally know the difference between Boston and Somerville," Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, told the crowd at the Davis Square Theater, referring to the small Bean Town suburb and correcting her earlier, "Hello, Boston!" "I used to busk in Davis Square. I made $6 one day," she said. It's safe to say that Clark, 26, who lives in Brooklyn and attended Boston's Berklee School of Music just across the Charles River, topped that six bucks Tuesday night with her Somerville show, which launched a five-week U.S.

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    U2 Play Secret Boston Show

    Call it the luck of the Boston Irish. While other cities only got in-studio radio broadcasts out of U2's "3 Nights Live" series this week -- part of the band's massive promotional push for their chart-topping new album, No Line on the Horizon -- 800 radio contest winners in Boston got to see the real thing: a live U2 performance in the tiny old Somerville Theatre -- plus a post-show, Storytellers-like Q&A session! It was quite unreal. Even Bono thought so. "The last time we played a small theater like this was probably when that came out," Bono said, pointing at the 12-inch copy of the band's 1980 single, 11 O'Clock Tick Tock, which one fan waved under his nose. For a moment, the singer looked unnerved, as if transported to another time and place. But Bono quickly returned to the task at hand: pimping the new songs and being relevant now, three decades into his band's career.

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