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  • Maserati+Majeure

    published November 7, 2012

    When it comes to these two fine instrumental rock outfits, dial M for majestic. Four-piece Maserati combines vintage prog-rock (check out their... More >>

  • SOUL OF BRAZIL

    published November 7, 2012

    Forró is Brazil's second most popular dance music, after samba, and Tropicália icon and former minister of culture (2003-08)... More >>

  • Mahsa Vahdat & Might Sam McClain

    published November 7, 2012

    Forget about Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell. Persia meets the blues in the unlikely duet of Mahsa Vahdat, a Tehran-born singer steeped in the highly... More >>

  • Kaki King

    published November 7, 2012

    The guitar-thwacking virtuoso's updated Windham Hill renovations are in full effect on her sixth album, Glow, King's first all-instrumental... More >>

  • M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

    published November 7, 2012

    This Queens-based, Colombia-sourced octet blends Africa-rooted styles like champeta and porro brass band music with a post-punk jazz gusto... More >>

  • 'The People's Bailout'

    published November 7, 2012

    This Jerry Lewis/Muscular Dystrophy-style telethon offers a terrific assortment of politically engaged entertainers appearing on behalf of Rolling... More >>

  • Del McCoury & Sam Bush

    published November 7, 2012

    Bluegrass elder Del McCoury, 73, offers a mainline connection to the sound's origins in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, whom he joined for a while... More >>

  • METAL TO THE MEDAL

    published October 31, 2012

    Metal bands tend to be cartoonish by 
nature, but only Dethklok stars in an actual cartoon: Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse. But... More >>

  • Mr. Ho's Orchestra

    published October 24, 2012

    The quartet version of the mellow 22-piece exotica-revival ensemble led by composer-vibraphonist Brian O'Neill—playing tonight alongside Jon... More >>

  • 'Caribbean Fever Music Festival'

    published October 24, 2012

    Formidably frantic soca star Machel Montano, Bajan soca queen Alison Hinds, Jamaican dancehall star Mr. Vegas (who reignited his career a few... More >>

  • Mossa Bildner & Phil Gibbs

    published October 17, 2012

    This duo's improvisational take on the poetry of Dylan Thomas is noteworthy for introducing the dazzling British guitarist Phil Gibbs (who... More >>

  • HEAVENLY GLOW

    published October 17, 2012

    Following the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Gruppen for three orchestras in July, and August’s Birmingham, England, rendition... More >>

  • Elina Duni Quartet

    published October 17, 2012

    "Erë Pranverore," the jazziest number on Duni's elegant new ECM tribute to the music of her Albanian homeland, was once banned by the... More >>

  • INTO THE WILDERNESS

    published October 10, 2012

    That pummeling throb and androgynous vocal shudder coming out of your downstairs neighbor’s dorm room might well belong to Brian Aubert, the... More >>

  • GENTLE GIANT

    published October 10, 2012

    The newfound gravitas that permeates John Darnielle’s anxious and elegant new Mountain Goats album, Transcendental Youth, arrives courtesy... More >>

  • Staff Benda Bilili

    published October 3, 2012

    The Congolese octet transcends its inspiring backstory—five polio-disabled street musicians formed the group—with gritty-sweet... More >>

  • The Orchestra S.E.M.

    published October 3, 2012

    Like a Rauschenberg collage, John Cage's Atlas Elipticalis for 86 musicians will be performed simultaneously with the composer's Winter... More >>

  • Father John Misty

    published October 3, 2012

    Josh Tillman is revitalizing SoCal rock. His Knitting Factory gig earlier this year was a provocative tour de force, with the former Fleet Foxes... More >>

  • Zakir Hussain & Rakesh Chaurasia

    published September 26, 2012

    Tabla titan Zakir Hussain may earn top billing, but this Hindustani showdown will bring out the cognoscenti largely because it marks the first... More >>

  • Calexico+The Dodos

    published September 26, 2012

    Guitarist-singer Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino add a mostly atmospheric New Orleans tinge to their moody and downbeat Southwestern sound... More >>

  • Martha Wainwright

    published September 26, 2012

    "I really like the make-up sex / It's the only kind I ever get," complains the Loudon-daughter and Rufus-sister on Come Home to Mama, her... More >>

  • WONDER TWINS

    published September 19, 2012

    As happily mutated as their wires-and-prosthetics–altered faces on the cover of Love This Giant, David Byrne and Annie “St.... More >>

  • Fatoumata Diawara

    published September 19, 2012

    The Mali-born, Paris-based singer in the Wassoulou tradition makes her local solo debut. A gorgeous young performer who rocks out a little more... More >>

  • PAST PERFECT

    published September 12, 2012

    Annie Gosfield is an old-fashioned cutting-edge type of composer: Her music might have nostalgic sources, but it’s never sentimental as she... More >>

  • Wayne Krantz

    published September 12, 2012

    The hyper-inventive guitarist leads a trio—and devoted hardcore following—through look-out-below improvisations that dangle... More >>

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