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  • Pamelia Kurstin

    published October 13, 2009

    Don't expect science-fiction movie scores or Messiaen's greatest hits when this Californian, now living in Vienna, cranks up her Theremin. Kurstin... More >>

  • Sonny Landreth+Indigenous

    published October 6, 2009

    Louisiana bluesman Sonny Landreth dominates contemporary slide guitar with a virtuosic style involving "wild" hammers, ghostly voicings, and... More >>

  • Mavrothi Kontanis & the Maeandros Ensemble

    published October 6, 2009

    The youngish Greek-American oud player Mavrothi Kontanis and his terrific quintet (featuring Greek clarinet star Lefteris Bournias) breathe new... More >>

  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey & the Moodswing Orchestra

    published October 6, 2009

    Born in Tulsa and raised up on the road, this adventurous piano trio plus lap steel guitar get alternately scrappy and pastoral on their new EP,... More >>

  • Why Tuesday Belongs to Slavic Soul Party

    published September 29, 2009

    "Brass bands are inherently subversive in America," declares Slavic Soul Party bandleader and bass-drummer Matt Moran, between bites of his... More >>

  • Bonerama

    published September 29, 2009

    New Orleans brass meets le rock classique in this mighty Crescent City instrumental funk unit fronted by four trombones. Lead 'boner Mark... More >>

  • Faust+Cold Cave+Aluk Tolodo

    published September 29, 2009

    The WFMU Fest serves up a history lesson. Original drummer Werner "Zappi" Diermaier and bassist Jean-Herve Peron are joined by former Bad Seed... More >>

  • Assembly of Dust

    published September 29, 2009

    With tunes this sturdy and a band that hot, it's hard to imagine anyone not getting behind songwriter Reid Genauer's hand-rolled country rock... More >>

  • 'Rhythm of Rajasthan'

    published September 22, 2009

    The fifth New York Gypsy Festival concludes with a performance by this ensemble from northwestern India, birthplace of the Roma people. Their... More >>

  • 'The Mandala Concert'

    published September 15, 2009

    Look for circles within circles to delineate a perfect symmetry during this heady collaboration of composer Joel Thome and Harry Doolittle, whose... More >>

  • Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

    published September 15, 2009

    After dropping their first album since 1997—a thoroughly rocking pastiche rehash of ska, punk, reggae, afrofunk, and other international... More >>

  • 'China Underground: Sounds from the Mongolian Grasslands'

    published September 15, 2009

    Seismic bi-tonal throat singing, twanging jaw harps, two-stringed lutes, and horse-hair fiddling characterize the traditional sounds of Inner... More >>

  • John Fogerty

    published September 1, 2009

    The bullhorn-voiced classic swamp rocker's new collection of covers, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, reprises Fogerty's 1973 solo... More >>

  • CocoRosie

    published September 1, 2009

    Tin Pan Alley, hip-hop, and freak-folk psychedelia blend together in the often precious yet strangely enjoyable music of Paris-based American... More >>

  • Robert Glasper Experiment

    published August 25, 2009

    Glasper's Experiment is the versatile keyboardist's hip-hopping yang to his trio's dark and stormy yin. The music progresses in fits and starts,... More >>

  • Marta Topferova

    published August 25, 2009

    Although her first album was titled Homage To Homeland: Czech, Moravian & Slovak Folk Songs, this Prague-born, crystalline-voiced singer is... More >>

  • Otto+Blind Date

    published August 18, 2009

    Otto—born Otto Maximiliano Pereira de Cordeiro Ferreira—is a riveting performer who has released some of the most adventurous Brazilian... More >>

  • Cecil Taylor

    published August 18, 2009

    Having turned 80 in March, the world's preeminent jazz modernist continues to unravel the infinite permutations of his personal vocabulary with... More >>

  • 'Stew & Heidi Present the Broadway Problem'+Tanya Tagaq

    published August 18, 2009

    Before their brief yet brilliant moment of Broadway glory with the musical Passing Strange, the Orson Welles of singer-songwriters, Stew,... More >>

  • Bonnie Raitt & Taj Mahal

    published August 11, 2009

    The best bits of this al fresco stop on the BonTaj Roulet summer tour should arise whenever the 59-year-old blues-rock queen and the 67-year-old... More >>

  • Asphalt Orchestra

    published August 4, 2009

    Tonight marks the debut of Bang on a Can's latest conceit, a choreographed 12-piece marching band. John Philip Sousa's greatest hits are... More >>

  • Electric Prunes+Love

    published August 4, 2009

    Unfortunately, former Moby Grape guitarist Jerry Miller dropped out of what's being billed as the "California '66 Review." But with Electric... More >>

  • 'John Kelly Sings the Joni Mitchell Songbook'

    published August 4, 2009

    Joni Mitchell wasn't at Woodstock (her manager decided a Dick Cavett TV appearance would be a better career move), but she tearfully penned its... More >>

  • Jenny Scheinman's Mischief & Mayhem

    published July 28, 2009

    Leading an impromptu quartet, violinist Jenny Scheinman is comfortable—and often transcendent—playing either deeply inside the bucolic... More >>

  • Jimmy Webb

    published July 28, 2009

    Sip from the source of such quintessential American tunesmithing as "MacArthur Park," "Wichita Lineman," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "The... More >>

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