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Saxophonist John Zorn plays Page Auditorium

(11/15/06 5:00am)

Oddball. Radical. Weirdo. Genius. They all describe saxophonist, composer and bandleader John Zorn, whose Acoustic Masada performs at Page Auditorium tomorrow night. Zorn, a recipient of a 2006 MacArthur "genius" grant, defies any categorization more specific than the catchall "improviser." Since his first record in 1980, he has played (to name a very few) Japanese S&M-influenced metal, bluesy hard-bop jazz, noise rock, tributes to film music and avant-garde classical.

keith urban

(11/09/06 5:00am)

Keith Urban's status as a country star must be such conventional wisdom by now that no one told Urban himself. It's not until the seventh song on Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing that there's even a trace of country. Of course, in the preceding six songs, there are plenty of other styles-soft rock, alt-rock, disco and a Celtic-flavored ditty serving as a reminder of his Aussie roots.