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2014 Stories by Richard Gehr

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  • BREAKING FREE

    published November 19, 2014

    Nearly every Monday night for six years, Barbès house band Chicha Libre smushed together surf guitar, acid accordion, and... More >>

  • BOLLYWOOD BOUND

    published November 12, 2014

    When I asked sitar scion Anoushka Shankar some months ago who I should be listening to, the first name out of her mouth was Kaushiki Chakrabarty.... More >>

  • Angelique Kidjo

    published November 5, 2014

    The Benin-raised alternative energy source solidifies her rep as afropop's preeminent international diva with a tribute to her late predecessor,... More >>

  • Steve Coleman

    published November 5, 2014

    The MacArthur Fellowship-winning saxophonist-composer gives his drummer a night off for a show of improvised music inspired by... More >>

  • THE LAZARUS ROSE

    published November 5, 2014

    Led by Bulgarian-born singer Vlada Tomova and her Indie-rocking partner Chris Rael (of Church of Betty fame), the Lazarus Rose overlays Rael's... More >>

  • THE PROGRESSIVE ERA

    published November 5, 2014

    Get between the ears of Daniel Lanois during Antithesis, a genre-eliding evening curated by the artist-producer. Consisting of four... More >>

  • FUNNY PEOPLE

    published October 29, 2014

    There’s a tragic only-in-America twist to “Stand Up for Heroes,” the New York Comedy Festival’s annual opening... More >>

  • STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE

    published October 15, 2014

    The two composers at the core of Sound / Source, a 10-hour immersion in the electro-acoustic zone, couldn’t be less alike methodologically... More >>

  • Oumar Konate

    published October 8, 2014

    This young Bamako guitarist takes the tradition of players like Ali Farka Touré and Amadou Bagayoko to a grittier place on his impressive... More >>

  • White Fence+King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

    published October 8, 2014

    Psych rockers with a wicked sense of humor, the King Gizzard septet are the reason to sacrifice your gray matter to this evening of demented... More >>

  • CHICAGO CITY LIMITS

    published October 8, 2014

    There’s an uncontainable quality to Chicago composer and bassist Matt Ulery’s lush, lyrical music: Both 2012’s By a Little Light... More >>

  • WATCHING THE SKIES

    published October 1, 2014

    East meets West at the Modern Sky Festival, an annual Beijing event since 2007 making its United States debut. Divided fairly equally between... More >>

  • New Orleans Suspects

    published September 24, 2014

    This Crescent City supergroup consisting of bassist Reggie Scanlan (Radiators), drummer "Mean" Willie Green (Neville Brothers), guitarist Jake... More >>

  • Caetano Veloso

    published September 24, 2014

    Brazil's premiere trad-experimentalist is still rocking out at age 72. Released earlier this year, Abraçaço (Big Hug) is the... More >>

  • AMERICANARAMA

    published September 24, 2014

    Born in Germany in 1931, Chris Strachwitz is arguably second only to the Lomaxes when it comes to informing us about our own musical heritage.... More >>

  • King Crimson

    published September 17, 2014

    The eighth iteration since 1969 of skysaw guitarist Robert Fripp's prog-rock playpen is a septet featuring a three-drummer front-line, with Fripp,... More >>

  • Tweedy

    published September 17, 2014

    BAM's month-long Nonesuch Records tribute continues with an especially timely booking. It's release day for Sukierae, Jeff Tweedy and his... More >>

  • ALL IN THE FAMILY

    published September 17, 2014

    Mali’s renowned Diabaté lineage of praise singers, epic-poetry reciters, and kora players — hereditary musicians known as... More >>

  • Gary Lucas

    published September 10, 2014

    On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the whiz-bang guitarist will provide a musical afterward to a spinning of the late Jeff Buckley's... More >>

  • SWIFT ON THE KEYS

    published September 10, 2014

    Multi-keyboardist Marco Benevento has long been a circuit-bending fixture on New York’s experimental-music and improv-rock scenes.... More >>

  • Sir Richard Bishop+Tashi Dorji

    published September 3, 2014

    Bishop released his first solo-guitar album on John Fahey's Revenant label in 1998, and the '60s legacy of experimental traditionalists like... More >>

  • Bombay Rickey

    published September 3, 2014

    This Brooklyn quintet plays a delightful amalgam of surf rock, exotica, mambo, Bollywood, and light opera – which is to say kitsch of the... More >>

  • WHITE NIGHTS

    published September 3, 2014

    Gripping virtuosity on the edge of anarchy is a compelling rockist strategy, and that’s what you get with White Denim. The Texas-based... More >>

  • Hal Wilner

    published August 27, 2014

    The left-field producer (Marianne Faithfull, William S. Burroughs, etc.) and tribute impressario (Tim Buckley, the Marquis de Sade, etc.) caps six... More >>

  • Ed Palermo Big Band

    published August 27, 2014

    The saxophonist-bandleader combines perfect pop with eccentric wizardry for the next two nights – think "Hello It's Me" into "Black Napkins"... More >>

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