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  • Aurelio Martinez

    published October 5, 2011

    Honduran singer Aurelio Martinez has fronted tribute concerts for Andy Palacio, an artist in the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna musical tradition who was... More >>

  • CARTOON BROTHERHOOD

    published October 5, 2011

    A Ghost World for teenage boys, graphic novelist Daniel Clowes's new book, The Death-Ray, explores the tobacco-ignited power... More >>

  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

    published October 5, 2011

    Chris Combs, JFJO's secret steel-guitar sauce, wrote and arranged "Race Riot Suite," the quartet's raging new little-big-band meditation on the... More >>

  • Stew & Heidi

    published September 28, 2011

    The Penn and Teller of post-Sondheim pop get right back to where they sort of started by reopening this newly renovated venue with music from... More >>

  • COSMIC COLOMBIA

    published September 28, 2011

    “I don’t want to be a hippie, I don’t want to live in a tepee,” Andrea Echeverri sings in Spanish on her new solo album, Two.... More >>

  • Pee Wee, Fred & Maceo

    published September 28, 2011

    Funk will reign supreme when trombonist Fred Wesley and alto saxophonist Maceo Parker, the core of James Brown's brawny JB Horns, reunite for the... More >>

  • The Mekons

    published September 28, 2011

    I wouldn't be surprised if this legendary British rock collective’s Saturday acoustic show ends up wilder than Friday's electric counterpart.... More >>

  • The Tiger Lillies

    published September 28, 2011

    Playing saw and Theremin and featuring a high-pitched, clown-faced singer (the fantastic Martyn Jacques), this lively and low-down London trio... More >>

  • Creole Choir of Cuba

    published September 14, 2011

    Across their music, this 10-member vocal ensemble from Camagüey makes the sounds of old and new Haiti blend with the rhythms of... More >>

  • Fool's Gold

    published September 7, 2011

    Los Angeles quintet Fool's Gold's latest album mixes Beyoncé-worthy hooks (check out the title track of their new Leave No Trace)... More >>

  • Kronos Quartet

    published September 7, 2011

    Consisting of 12 works from 11 countries, the local premiere of Kronos's "Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11" suggests an... More >>

  • Keb' Mo'

    published August 31, 2011

    On the cusp of 60, the eclectic blues singer and songwriter formerly known as Kevin Moore drops the apostrophes and settles gently into romantic... More >>

  • Manu Chao

    published August 24, 2011

    In the unlikely event that Bob Marley and the Clash had procreated, their offspring would have certainly resembled this politically engaged... More >>

  • Rene Lopez

    published August 24, 2011

    It's about time for a full-on salsa revival, and the self-styled "electric Latin soul" performed by this second-generation Nuyorican would make... More >>

  • NEW SPIRITUALS

    published August 17, 2011

    Archaic revivalists clash and coalesce when Los Angeles psychedelic savant Cameron Stallone’s Sun Araw joins Brooklyn avant-Hindi... More >>

  • Erik Deutsch, Scott Metzger, Andy Hess & Joe Russo

    published August 17, 2011

    Boasting considerable collective expertise in the improv realm, these slipstream gamers can just as easily dazzle your head as gut-punch you with... More >>

  • Umphrey's McGee

    published August 17, 2011

    Chicago six-piece Umphrey's McGee is the superclean Lego architects of improvised rock. Impeccable playing and pristine arrangements often birthed... More >>

  • Edmar Castaneda

    published August 10, 2011

    Colombia-born Edmar Castaneda plays his homeland's "arpa llanera," a diatonic harp he rocks with the virtuosic pizazz of, say, Charlie Hunter.... More >>

  • The Wood Brothers

    published August 10, 2011

    Guitarist Oliver and bassist Chris Wood live up to the rustic ring of their collective moniker with musicianship a notch or two higher than one... More >>

  • Susana Baca

    published August 10, 2011

    Africa's influence on Peruvian music went virtually unrecognized until this Afro-Peruvian scholar/performer–and recently appointed national... More >>

  • 'Chris Rael's Araby'

    published August 3, 2011

    Best known for his sophisticated India-tinged rock, Rael has set fifteen stories from James Joyce's Dubliners to music in Araby, a... More >>

  • 'Celebrate Brooklyn: Los Lobos+Hello Seahorse!+Zigmat'

    published June 29, 2011

    This Latin Alternative Music Conference lineup's fathers-and-offspring umbrella is one relaxed fit. East LA's venerable Los Lobos long ago... More >>

  • 'Summerstage Festival: ChocQuibTown+Rita Indiana+Ursula 1000+Que Bajo?'

    published June 29, 2011

    This is the shape of Latin music to come. Hailing from Quibdo on the Pacific Coast, ChocQuibTown blends hip-hop with coastal and African rhythms.... More >>

  • Cibo Matto+Sxip Shirey

    published June 29, 2011

    New York has finally caught up with Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, whose bouncy electropop foretold an era in which foodies and bike lanes would... More >>

  • DESERT STORM

    published June 29, 2011

    The past few years have seen a virtual caravan of North African bands emerge from the Sahara Desert. Khaïra Arby and her band of Tuareg and... More >>

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