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2014 Stories by Aidan Levy

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  • The Budos Band+Spires

    published June 25, 2014

    The sound of summer in Brooklyn is a hotly contested title that could never be definitively decided, but these two bands vie for singular yet... More >>

  • Cyrus Chestnut Trio

    published June 25, 2014

    Following the recent passing of Horace Silver, his virtuosic heir apparent is sure to pay homage to the late iconoclast's earthy fusion of Latin... More >>

  • Primus

    published June 18, 2014

    The psychedelic court jester of acid rock reunites with guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander for the first tour featuring Primus'... More >>

  • Charles Bradley+Mac DeMarco+Benjamin Booker

    published June 11, 2014

    You can hear the sweat in Charles Bradley's voice, but seeing the perspiration live in a dank warehouse at the first Vans House Party of the... More >>

  • Christian McBride & Brad Mehldau

    published June 4, 2014

    The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues a tradition of unlikely collaborations with a series of duo performances by bassist Christian McBride and... More >>

  • Willie Nelson+Alison Krauss and Union Station+Jerry Douglas+Kacey Musgraves

    published June 4, 2014

    In this intergenerational gathering of country royalty, the 81-year-old philosopher king of troubadours and the high priestess of bluegrass... More >>

  • Jamie Cullum

    published May 28, 2014

    Jamie Cullum tickles the ivories with Jerry Lee Lewis pyrotechnics and a jazz-pop aesthetic equally influenced by Thelonious Monk and Cole Porter.... More >>

  • Erik Friedlander

    published May 21, 2014

    Genre-bending cellist Erik Friedlander wrote most of the music for Nighthawks, his latest release with Bonebridge, during Hurricane Sandy,... More >>

  • Talib Kweli

    published May 14, 2014

    Talib Kweli is nothing if not prolific. Six months after releasing Prisoner of Conscious, he returned with Gravitas, which as the... More >>

  • Karrin Allyson

    published May 14, 2014

    Karrin Allyson is widely considered one of the eminent jazz vocalists on the scene today, imbuing the American songbook with a Midwestern... More >>

  • Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog

    published May 7, 2014

    With his post-everything power trio Ceramic Dog, the downtown scene's most versatile classically trained shredder champions an intellectualized... More >>

  • Laurie Anderson

    published April 30, 2014

    "In this enchanted mood, thy spirit ebbs away to whence it came; becomes diffused through time and space," wrote Herman Melville in... More >>

  • Patti Smith+Jesse Paris+Eric Hoegemeyer

    published April 23, 2014

    "April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain" and snow, as... More >>

  • Vijay Iyer and the Brentano String Quartet

    published April 23, 2014

    Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has won a MacArthur "Genius Grant," regularly tops the jazz critics' polls, and recently began teaching at... More >>

  • Stanley Clarke

    published April 16, 2014

    A seminal architect of jazz fusion with Return to Forever, Stanley Clarke played an instrumental role in bringing the bass out front with his... More >>

  • The PRISM Quartet

    published April 9, 2014

    The eminent saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman bring their radically different styles to a chamber setting with works composed for... More >>

  • The Psychedelic Furs

    published April 9, 2014

    Emerging from the primordial ooze of the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, and MC5, the Psychedelic Furs were the electrified, sax-inflected pulse... More >>

  • 'Soul Jazz Festival'

    published March 12, 2014

    The inaugural two-day festival honors the rich interplay between soul and jazz, often called nu-jazz, showcasing the inventive sampling of DJ... More >>

  • Cibo Matto

    published March 5, 2014

    Hotel Valentine, Cibo Matto's third studio album, dropped on Valentine's Day, the avant-garde synth-pop duo's first release in 15 years.... More >>

  • The Allman Brothers Band

    published March 5, 2014

    The Brothers don't always play in New York, but when they do, they play at the Beacon. This year marks the band's 45th anniversary, and their 25th... More >>

  • Cecile McLorin Salvant

    published February 26, 2014

    The Grammy-nominated 24-year-old breakout singer opens for the multi-generational Spring Quartet all-star group after a banner year following the... More >>

  • Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra

    published February 19, 2014

    The Grammy-winning NEA Jazz Master has spent the past half century taking the music of the barrio into the concert hall, but success hasn't dulled... More >>

  • Lang Lang

    published January 22, 2014

    Immediately following his genre-thrashing Grammy performance with Metallica and “Happy Chinese New Year”, a diametrically opposed EP... More >>

  • Kurt Elling

    published January 8, 2014

    The eminent male jazz vocalist turns his impressionistic style of phrasing on Passion World, a long-gestating compendium of love songs that... More >>

  • 'Brite Nites' w/ Moguai

    published January 8, 2014

    In his debut Webster Hall appearance, the German DJ and producer brings his notoriously debauched live mix to the Brite Nites series. Hailing from... More >>

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