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  • Foday Musa Suso

    published July 22, 2009

    The waterfalling sounds of West African kora music gets an American spin when Gambian griot Foday Musa Suso joins banjo great Tony Trischka and... More >>

  • Kailash Kher+Electro Morocco

    published July 22, 2009

    Indian singer Kailash Kher's career took off after his songs appeared in the Bollywood blockbuster Mangal Pandey: The Rising. Now he leads... More >>

  • Pulp Fictions: David Mazzucchelli's Asterios Polyp, Brian Fies's Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?, and More Comics Galore

    published July 22, 2009

    The title character of David Mazzucchelli's dazzling Asterios Polyp is a "paper architect," i.e., an academic drafter whose... More >>

  • Tom Jones

    published July 8, 2009

    Lest we forget, this 69-year-old Welsh dynamo began his career as one of Britain's finest white blues singers, recording his first tracks with... More >>

  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

    published July 8, 2009

    Following the departure of bassist Reed Mathis for Tea Leaf Green-er pastures earlier this year, pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer... More >>

  • The Very Best

    published July 8, 2009

    A fortuitous meeting in an East London furniture shop led to last year's most inventive Afropop mixtape, a collaboration of Malawi-born Esau... More >>

  • They Might Be Giants (kids' show)

    published July 1, 2009

    Although one could make the case that all their albums consist of children's music, I'd simply suggest that John Flansburgh and John... More >>

  • Los Amigos Invisibles+Aterciopelados

    published July 1, 2009

    Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles recently released Commercial, their sixth fabulous showcase for rock 'n' disco with a pan-Latin flair.... More >>

  • Very Be Careful

    published June 24, 2009

    Led by accordionist Ricardo Guzmàn and his bassist brother Arturo, this Los Angeles quintet blends the beautiful Colombian... More >>

  • Oumou Sangare+Les Nubians+Asa

    published June 24, 2009

    One of the great voices in African music, Sangare's a diva from Mali's Wassoulou region who delivers funky agitprop about forced marriage,... More >>

  • Obie Bermudez+Cucu Diamantes+Rebel Diaz

    published June 24, 2009

    Celebrate Brooklyn offers a panoply of Latin pop featuring the charismatic mainstream crooner Obie Bermudez, who won a Latin Grammy in 2005 for... More >>

  • 'Istanbulive: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey'

    published June 17, 2009

    This four-hour variety pack should introduce New Yorkers to the relatively unknown sound of modern Turkey in both its older and newer... More >>

  • Pierre de Gaillande

    published June 17, 2009

    Paris-born, California-bred Pierre de Gaillande may not be the first musician to translate French poet Georges Brassens's (1921-81) songs into... More >>

  • The Slip

    published June 17, 2009

    This epic improv rock/jazz/internationalist trio have been more or less off the road for the past few years, so expect them to return with a bang.... More >>

  • Signal Ensemble

    published June 10, 2009

    Formed in 2007 to perform the music of Steve Reich, the Signal Ensemble, conducted by co-founder Brad Lubman, will play Reich's Pulitzer... More >>

  • Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes

    published June 3, 2009

    Multiply Almost Blue with King of America, add pieces of an unfinished "chamber opera" about Hans Christian Andersen's infatuation... More >>

  • Baby Gramps

    published June 3, 2009

    Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, this brilliant bearded codger has been singing and strumming his head-spinning repertoire of blues, folk,... More >>

  • 'Ropeadope 10th Anniversary Party'

    published June 3, 2009

    Esteemed jazz-rock label Ropeadope celebrates its tenth anniversary with a show benefiting artist/producer Scotty Hard (pictured), who was struck... More >>

  • Youssou N'Dour

    published May 27, 2009

    The Senegalese singer-songwriter and his astonishing Etoile de Dakar band kick off the ten-day "Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas Festival" with a... More >>

  • CARTOON NETWORK

    published May 27, 2009

    You'll find few, if any, ray gun–sporting spokesmodels in skimpy latex costumes at the eighth annual Museum of Comic and... More >>

  • Oran Etkin

    published May 27, 2009

    A friend wondered for a moment if he was listening to two albums at once as I spun Kelenia, this Israel-born saxophone and clarinet... More >>

  • 'Uproar: The Lives & Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt'

    published May 20, 2009

    William Brittelle, the lip-syncing, poetry-spouting composer and frontman of the amazing Mohair Time Warp, describes his new concept album,... More >>

  • Imani Coppola

    published May 20, 2009

    If Nellie McKay had been born in Bed-Stuy, she might very well have grown up to be a lot like Little Jackie – the sexy, smart, and sass-ay... More >>

  • SONIC BOON

    published May 20, 2009

    Our favorite annual orgy of new and newer music for 22 years, the Bang on a Can Marathon kicks off the River to River Festival's annual... More >>

  • The Easy Star All-Stars+Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

    published May 13, 2009

    If the Beatles had recorded Sgt. Pepper's in Jamaica during the late '70s or early '80s, it might well have sounded like Easy Star's... More >>

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