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The Swell Season
Where: Moore Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $32.50 - $37.50
When the storybook partnership that is the Swell Season won the Oscar for Best Original Song this year, the two stars of the art-house hit Once couldn't have looked more shocked. Glen Hansard offered up a humble, stunned thank-you, and when Markéta Irglová stepped up shyly to say her piece, she was unceremoniously cut off by the dreaded exit-urging music before she could get one word out. Host Jon Stewart saved the moment, ushering Irglová onstage again after the commercial break so that she could give a succinct but deeply touching speech about the importance of hope for independent-minded artists. The only thing more moving than that speech is the extraordinary power of their live performance. This show, like virtually every other stop on their tour, sold out in a heartbeat, so consider yourself lucky if you have your tickets already.