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2011 Stories by Aidan Levy

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  • Erik Friedlander's Bonebridge Band

    published September 7, 2011

    Downtown cellist Erik Friedlander delves into his mellower side on Bonebridge, a rootsy foray into the pizzicato of the other side of the... More >>

  • Erykah Badu (DJ Set)

    published August 17, 2011

    Neo-soul progenitor Erykah Badu unveiled her alter-ego, DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, earlier this year, and with a mixtape supposedly on the way, she... More >>

  • Yellow Ostrich

    published August 10, 2011

    Like his paradoxical moniker, rural Wisconsin-born Brooklyn transplant Alex Schaaf combines kaleidoscopic vocal loops, sparse drums, and... More >>

  • Les Nubians+Saigon+Hasan Salaam

    published August 10, 2011

    With Parisian r&b sibling duo Les Nubians, notorious Brooklyn street prophet Saigon, and underground African diaspora emissary Hasan Salaam... More >>

  • 'John Zorn Improv Night'

    published August 10, 2011

    Once a month, the city's avant-garde elite descend on Avenue C for an old-fashioned rent party to keep the Stone, their modest unofficial... More >>

  • 'Summerstage Family Day: the Verve Pipe'

    published June 29, 2011

    Remember the days when TRL was bigger than the nightly news, Snake was the only entertainment option on your Nokia cell phone, and frosted... More >>

  • Jaga Jazzist

    published June 22, 2011

    Located at the terminus of Scandinavian electronica and avant-rock, this is the kind of tectonic music that Thor would make if he were banished to... More >>

  • 'Blue Note Jazz Festival: Paid in Full 25th Anniversary with the Roots+Rakim'

    published June 15, 2011

    The Tree of Life in Bahrain is a centuries-old mesquite tree in the middle of the desert with taproots that extend over 160 feet deep. This... More >>

  • The Low Anthem

    published June 8, 2011

    Performing more seance than concert, these latter-day troubadours conjure the ghosts of hitchhikers, vagabonds, and hapless dreamers, those lonely... More >>

  • Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears

    published June 1, 2011

    One of the few soul revivalist bands doing justice to Jake and Elwood Blues, this eight-piece, Austin-based funk posse is the perfect complement... More >>

  • 'Blue Note Jazz Festival Presents Hiromi'

    published May 25, 2011

    On her forthcoming album, Voice, Hiromi flaunts her funk bona fides, getting deep in the pocket with journeymen drummer Simon Phillips and... More >>

  • 'Wavy Gravy's 75th Birthday'

    published May 18, 2011

    When the truth is found to be lies, it takes a clown of the highest order to make sense of it all. The Ben & Jerry's flavor may have gone the way... More >>

  • 'The 10th Annual Great Night in Harlem'

    published May 11, 2011

    A play on "A Great Day in Harlem," the iconic 1958 photograph of 57 jazz legends posed on a front stoop on 126th Street, the Jazz Foundation of... More >>

  • 'MATA Festival'

    published April 27, 2011

    Co-founded by compositional giant Philip Glass, this year's MATA festival sifted through nearly 500 submitted scores from under-40 composers... More >>

  • Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone

    published April 20, 2011

    For this off-the-rails, freak-folk string duo, it was love at first sound when they met through mutual mentor Anthony Braxton, the inscrutable... More >>

  • The Bad Plus

    published April 13, 2011

    These omnivorous rag & bone jazz men are the perennial skunks at the garden party, an unclassifiable power trio with tastes that stretch from... More >>

  • 'Aluminum Music Presents Z'EV+Bush Tetras+Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra+George Lewis'

    published April 6, 2011

    For this downtown nexus's 40th anniversary, the curators stage a shameless exercise in avant-garde excess and truly test how many cooks can fit in... More >>

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