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2011 Stories by Aidan Levy

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  • Marco Benevento

    published December 21, 2011

    Headlining an afterparty for the Thursday night leg of Phish's annual New Year's run, the Wurlitzer wonder might be the best cure for your... More >>

  • Gov't Mule

    published December 21, 2011

    With Congress in a mule-like deadlock, this Southern rock jam band's name suddenly seems to make a lot more sense. So what is a government mule... More >>

  • Jon Menges Trio w/ Pete McCann

    published December 21, 2011

    For those who never got to hobnob with the VIP crowd at Elaine's, this Upper East Side spot is only a block away and offers that quintessential... More >>

  • Ben Allison

    published December 21, 2011

    The charismatic bassist and composer purveys the type of jazz that might appeal to metal heads or someone with a hankering for Malian traditional... More >>

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa

    published December 21, 2011

    The alto saxophonist and co-leader of the Indo-Pak Coalition returns to familiar territory with a reconstituted quartet, replacing the piano chair... More >>

  • Matisyahu's 'Festival of Light'

    published December 14, 2011

    Recently, the Jewish world shook with the news of Beard-gate, Matisyahu's shocking decision to shear off his trademark facial hair, and his... More >>

  • Frank London's Klezmer Brass Band All-Stars

    published December 14, 2011

    With the seasonal yuletide cheer, flickering lights, and colds that rivals the gulag, it's only natural to have a hankering for the old country... More >>

  • Lettuce

    published December 7, 2011

    Rooted in the Meters, Tower of Power, and Curtis Mayfield, these groove-hardy cabbage patch kids combine the four classical elements to make funk... More >>

  • Eve Beglarian

    published December 7, 2011

    In 2009, post-minimalist composer Eve Beglarian embarked on a year-long kayak journey down the Mississippi River, keeping an aural journal and... More >>

  • Ceramic Dog

    published November 30, 2011

    Named after a French expression for the moment of snarling restraint before two dogs attack each other, Marc Ribot's post-hyphenate power trio... More >>

  • Basya Schechter

    published November 16, 2011

    The intensely spiritual Jewish songstress and her mystical band Pharaoh's Daughter just released Songs of Wonder, a klezmer-folk homage to... More >>

  • Mustard Plug

    published November 9, 2011

    Dust off your Vans, break out the porkpie, dredge up your sunglasses one last time, and get ready for some serious skanking. After 20 years of... More >>

  • Etienne Charles

    published November 9, 2011

    The Trinidad-Tobago-born trumpeter throws it all in the pot on Kaiso, his recent jazz-tinged calypso release. If Harry Belafonte picked up... More >>

  • Allen Toussaint

    published November 9, 2011

    Allen Toussaint is a living piece of rock history, bridging the gap between jazz, zydeco, and country. A Katrina refugee, the 73-year-old legend... More >>

  • Elysian Fields

    published November 9, 2011

    These are strange days, and Last Night on Earth, the band's most fully realized mood piece to date, offers an apocalyptic vision that dives... More >>

  • Pacifica Quartet

    published November 2, 2011

    The Met's Grammy-winning quartet-in-residence continues its series of Beethoven string quartets with a triptych culled from the master's early,... More >>

  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    published November 2, 2011

    In the wake of the irreconcilable infighting that disbanded Britpop superband Oasis, the creative force behind "Wonderwall," "Champagne... More >>

  • Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls

    published October 26, 2011

    Frank Turner has the brash charisma of the best British pub singers, but with his roots in hardcore punk outfit Million Dead, he hasn't lost that... More >>

  • Lupe Fiasco

    published October 26, 2011

    Lasers started out as a manifesto, but Atlantic Records wrapped it up in so much red tape that anything revolutionary got buried underneath... More >>

  • Brand Nubian+Nice and Smooth+Pete Rock

    published October 19, 2011

    In 1992, Pete Rock and CL Smooth released the jazz-tinged dirge "They Reminisce Over You," which went on to become their hit single. After 15... More >>

  • 'Tablaphilia'

    published October 19, 2011

    In Hinduism, the cacophony of life in all its meaningless sound and fury is referred to as the illusory Maya. When 22 tabla players and four... More >>

  • Hernan Romero

    published September 28, 2011

    From the pampas of Buenos Aires to the beaches of Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain, flamenco guitarist Hernan Romero inhabits a world of extremes. A... More >>

  • Smashing Pumpkins

    published September 28, 2011

    The band that taught a generation of disaffected teens that melancholy was two words is back again. Though Billy Corgan is the only remaining... More >>

  • Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

    published September 28, 2011

    With Prohibition fever running rampant, Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks Orchestra are back in fashion, not that they weren't always the cat's... More >>

  • Primus

    published September 14, 2011

    The spirit of youthful indiscretion surges through Green Naugahyde, Primus's first release in 12 years, but there's a palpable sense of... More >>

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