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2012 Stories by Aidan Levy

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  • French Horn Rebellion

    published December 26, 2012

    The fraternal duo behind French Horn Rebellion fetishize '80s new wave synth-pop way out of proportion, and without a trace of irony: They would... More >>

  • Julian Lynch

    published December 26, 2012

    Despite his interdisciplinary approach, the Wisconsin-based multi-instrumentalist maintains a clear focus when it comes to his forthcoming LP,... More >>

  • Maccabeats

    published December 19, 2012

    For the more tuneful, "Good King Wenceslas"-averse tribesmen searching for an alternative to Chinese dinner and a movie, these a cappella mensches... More >>

  • Andrew Bird

    published December 5, 2012

    In the alt-folk universe of Andrew Bird's Hands of Glory, his companion piece to Break It Yourself, Prohibition never ended, the "county... More >>

  • Chucho Valdes

    published November 28, 2012

    This Afro-Cuban jazz progenitor gave Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval their start, has won four Grammys (not that anyone's counting), and has... More >>

  • Jim Jarmusch+Jozef Van Wissem

    published November 14, 2012

    Myth has it that this pair met on the streets of New York, and it's no wonder they picked each other out: Their sophomore album, The Mystery of... More >>

  • A Tribe Called Red+DJ Ayres

    published November 7, 2012

    This Ottawa-based Aboriginal DJ trio remixes chants with dancehall to create “Powwow Step,” dubstep gone native. Here, glitch takes on... More >>

  • VOX Festival

    published November 7, 2012

    There are few cures better for the postapocalyptic hurricane-blackout doldrums than a heavy dose of contemporary opera. With its rabid... More >>

  • Keyshia Cole

    published November 7, 2012

    As Woman to Woman drops, Keyshia Cole goes live with her sultry, old-school r&b take on strength in the face of duplicitous lovers. Few... More >>

  • Alberta Cross

    published October 24, 2012

    In Songs of Patience, their latest, these Brooklyn-based British transplants have crafted the perfect backdrop to a Bushwick loft party... More >>

  • Those Darlins

    published October 17, 2012

    Hot on their "Summer's Dead" national tour, punk is anything but with this gritty, Nashville-based power trio. Often compared to the Runaways for... More >>

  • Esperanza Spalding

    published October 17, 2012

    What can't Esperanza Spalding do? Outside of Norah Jones, the Grammy winner has the highest profile of any jazz musician under 40, and certainly... More >>

  • Junior Mack

    published August 22, 2012

    There's a fictional band in the 2001 film Ghost World called Blues Hammer, a satirical jab at commercialized noise that masquerades as... More >>

  • 'Midsummer Nocturnes'

    published July 25, 2012

    As the nights get longer, it's almost time for Chopin season. Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda, notable for his discovery of previously unrecorded... More >>

  • Saluting Pianist Cecil Taylor

    published May 9, 2012

    Free jazz forefather Cecil Taylor has lived in a three-story brownstone in Fort Greene for nearly 30 years, but the 83-year-old reclusive... More >>

  • 'Experiments in Opera'

    published May 9, 2012

    This mini-festival presents four unconventional operas from emerging composers: In "Happiness is the Problem," three women get rich selling a... More >>

  • '11th Annual A Great Night in Harlem'

    published May 9, 2012

    This annual rent party for the jazz world's financially struggling draws a litany of living legends: Quincy Jones, Dr. John, Paquito D'Rivera, and... More >>

  • Crystal Stilts

    published April 11, 2012

    These local dreamers typify contemporary Brooklynese, a post-punk, post-psych, post-ironic patois with a heavy concentration of native speakers by... More >>

  • 'M.A.T.A. Festival'

    published April 11, 2012

    Contemporary classical may sound like an oxymoron to some, but for the uninitiated, this cross-cultural showcase should prove otherwise. Founded... More >>

  • The Punch Brothers

    published April 11, 2012

    The Punch Brothers aren't actually related, but they have the psychic cohesiveness of a bluegrass family band: Their recent release, Who's... More >>

  • Gotham Chamber Opera

    published March 21, 2012

    Committed to taking opera out of the ivory tower, Gotham Chamber Opera elevates the mundane and makes the profound intimate, so it makes sense... More >>

  • Colin Stetson

    published March 21, 2012

    He's a multireedist who specializes in bass saxophone, a behemoth instrument tamed by Anthony Braxton, Hamiet Bluiett, and few others who dare to... More >>

  • Gretchen Parlato

    published March 7, 2012

    They say the flute is the closest thing to the human voice, but on the contrary, Gretchen Parlato's lithe, airy voice is quite possibly the... More >>

  • The Allman Brothers Band

    published March 7, 2012

    The Allman Brothers might have just won a Grammy lifetime achievement award, but that doesn't begin to suggest the energy that this iconic jam... More >>

  • The Chieftans

    published March 7, 2012

    For this hearty St. Patrick's Day feast, the elder statesmen of Irish folk celebrate the 50th anniversary of their founding not with a meal in a... More >>

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