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2010 Stories by Jesse Jarnow

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  • Janka Nabay, the Bubu King, Grows in Brooklyn

    published November 10, 2010

    As a teenager, Ahmed Janka Nabay wrote his first song; improbably for an eventual émigré of wartorn Sierra Leone, his course has... More >>

  • Greg Davis &Ben Vida

    published September 1, 2010

    Greg Davis, the Vermont-based scholar of cosmic jams, makes a final pass through New York before impending fatherhood keeps him off the road for... More >>

  • Janka Nabay & the Bubu Band

    published September 1, 2010

    Janka Nabay is a musician from Sierra Leone who emigrated to New York by way of Philadelphia and has lately, via a backing band comprised of... More >>

  • Ralph White & Susan Alcorn

    published August 25, 2010

    Ralph White, one-third of the legendary Austin bluegrass-punk trio Bad Livers, makes his first trip to New York in four years. While ex-Liver... More >>

  • 'Sonny Smith Presents 100 Records'

    published August 4, 2010

    Rare is the jukebox that celebrates the work of such little known greats as Zic Speck and the Spectones ("Operation Self Destruct") or the... More >>

  • Outer Space+Sexxxual Iceland+Drainolith

    published August 4, 2010

    As Thurston Moore so accurately yawped during Sonic Youth's all-'80s Prospect Park jam, "NOISE GIG IN BUSHWICK!" The latest portal to the... More >>

  • '2010 VisionFest Presents Akron/Family'

    published June 29, 2010

    It doesn't take much to get Akron/Family to play freely. This time, their excuses are tunes-in-progress from an album-in-progress; at Music Hall... More >>

  • 'Northside Festival Presents the Woodsist Records Showcase'

    published June 22, 2010

    Woods and Real Estate, the fraternal twin bros of Woodsist's roster, make equally drift-minded music perfect for summer haze. Each use fairly... More >>

  • Zs

    published June 22, 2010

    An antidote to the increasing adultness of Bang On A Can's still-lovely marathon (taking place tomorrow afternoon), Brooklyn's Zs take the best of... More >>

  • 'Rocks Off Concert Cruises Presents RANA'

    published June 8, 2010

    RANA never got their due. Too jammy for indie kids (even the reconstructed ones who like the Dead) and too circumspect for hippies (even the... More >>

  • Man Forever

    published June 8, 2010

    The elevator pitch for Man Forever, the awesome new project by Oneida brah Kid Millions: drums. You know, like the Boredoms (with whom Millions... More >>

  • John Biz

    published June 8, 2010

    Minus Crosby, Stills, Nash, Crazy Horse, concept albums about electric cars, boomer nostalgia, and an arena-filling following, Brooklyn songwriter... More >>

  • 'Avant Ghetto Presents Nancy Garcia, Notekillers & Daniel Carter/Ryan Sawyer/C. Spencer Yeh'

    published May 25, 2010

    The Avant Ghetto infiltrates a spring Saturday at Union Pool's courtyard, reminding the customers that—for at least a minute... More >>

  • Paul Flaherty+Chris Corsano+Okkyung Lee

    published May 18, 2010

    Separated by nearly 30 years, New England saxophonist Paul Flaherty and drummer Chris Corsano—freshly returned to Massachusetts after a... More >>

  • 'Woods+MV & EE with the Joshua Light Show'

    published May 11, 2010

    The Joshua Light Show takes over the Abrons Arts Center for four nights of collaborations with some of the headier travelers on the DIY highway,... More >>

  • Caetano Veloso

    published April 6, 2010

    The opening night of a rare six-show American tour from the Brazilian tropicalismo legend Caetano Veloso is a very good reason to weather Terminal... More >>

  • Oakley Hall+Citay

    published March 24, 2010

    Brooklyn's Oakley Hall settled into a straighter indie-twang vibe with their last album, 2007's I'll Follow You. More recently, they've... More >>

  • Oneida+Sightings

    published March 16, 2010

    Brooklyn's favorite brahs, Oneida, laid low for a minute after their triumphant, 11-hour superjam at All Tomorrow's Parties. This year has seen a... More >>

  • 'Little Fury Things Records Party'

    published March 16, 2010

    Named for the great Dinosaur Jr. jam, Nat Hawks' Little Fury Things has been been one of the nicer homespun psychedelic noise dispatchers of... More >>

  • Richard Hell+Dorothea Lasky+Thurston Moore

    published February 16, 2010

    Since 2001, Northampton buds Thurston Moore and Byron Coley have spewed handmade poetry 'zines, noise tapes, scholarly research, and enthusiastic... More >>

  • Hex Breaker Quintet+Mark Morgan

    published February 9, 2010

    One of the more stunning configurations to come from the ever-burbling Brooklyn noise scene is the Hex Breaker Quintet, a quartet comprised of the... More >>

  • On NYCTaper and the Proud, Obsessive Lineage of Local Audio Hoarders

    published January 26, 2010

    Dan Lynch has his spots. At Bowery Ballroom, it's a 10-foot swath by the balcony rail. At 92Y Tribeca, it's a column near the stage. At the... More >>

  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing

    published January 5, 2010

    Celebrating the release of their fourth album, Forty Fort, Mostly Other People Do the Killing carry the torch of a particular tradition in... More >>

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