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Review: ‘Bebel Gilberto’

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For the followup to her sumptuous “Tanto Tempo” — the first Brazilian album to coalesce NPR listeners, club DJs, the electronica circuit and world music fans — Bebel Gilberto has accentuated soft, acoustic-based elements of her music, letting her breathy, seductive vocals be the centerpiece of her sophomore Six Degrees album.

Review: ‘Rod Stewart’

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The ads for Rod Stewart’s Hollywood Bowl concert, the finale of his current tour, tagged the show “from Maggie May to the Great American Songbook.” But instead of the smooth progression promised, the two-hour perf showcased three distinctly different Stewarts: a perfunctory walk through his late ’70s/early ’80s solo hits; a rousing (and much anticipated) reunion with his “best mate and younger brother” Ron Wood; and a swanky, elegant showcase of his most recent J Records collections, “As Time Goes By” and “It Had to Be You.”

RTL profits roar on TV subsid perfs

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Half-year net profits at Europe’s biggest broadcasting company, RTL Group, soared from E25 million ($30 million) to $237 million due to accounting changes and strong performances by TV subsidiaries in Germany and France, and at U.K. production unit FremantleMedia.

Review: ‘Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival’

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Reggae’s no different from other struggling genres: Promoters need to invoke the name of a legend, in this case Bob Marley, to attract a good-sized crowd. On a busman’s holiday from their own solo careers, five of Marley’s male offspring are using Pop’s name as a drawing card, adding his tunes to relatively buoyant sets and, in the process, once again asserting that no one has come close to claiming Bob Marley’s throne.

Review: ‘Miami Slice’

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Bravo’s documentary series on Miami plastic surgeons rides so heavily on the coattails of FX’s “Nip/Tuck” you half expect Joely Richardson’s character to show up and start acting crazy. “Miami Slice” has the unfortunate problem of trying to compete with a fictional show that offers more intriguing, erratic characters and much racier content.