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  • Antibalas

    published December 25, 2013

    Since forming in 1998, a year after the death of Nigerian afrobeat creator Fela Kuti, Brooklyn-based 12-piece Antibalas has built on the sound's... More >>

  • Andrew W.K.

    published December 25, 2013

    An Andrew W.K. show is less concert than purification ritual. The band is hairy and huge in sound, its frontman a case of Red Bull distilled into... More >>

  • PLAY IT AGAIN

    published December 25, 2013

    What happens when a New Orleans piano giant meets the city’s most consistently entertaining big-band retrofuturist? After relocating to... More >>

  • Blevin Blectrum

    published December 18, 2013

    Pagan electronic goddess and part-time veterinary nurse Blevin Blectrum, whose upcoming Emblem Album seems to convey coded messages from... More >>

  • Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band

    published December 18, 2013

    On last year's iridescent Solar Motel, Forsyth's double-guitar army welded the punky street jive of Television's Richard Lloyd and Tom... More >>

  • Phil Niblock

    published December 18, 2013

    The esteemed minimalist composer and visual artist offers a maximalist helping of meditative work during his annual winter solstice concert, a... More >>

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    published December 18, 2013

    Not unlike Menudo, the members of this venerable institution devoted to traditional New Orleans jazz since 1961 have been replaced as they've... More >>

  • 'John Zorn Improv Night'

    published December 18, 2013

    Tonight through Sunday, the saxophonist-composer bumps up his no-frills venue's usual sawbuck ticket price in order to subsidize same. But when... More >>

  • The Disco Biscuits

    published December 18, 2013

    The core doesn't get much harder than when this veteran Philadelphia improv-rock quartet hits town for a multi-night run. (This one ends Sunday.)... More >>

  • Patti Smith

    published December 18, 2013

    The rocker-writer-actor-poet and her perennial sidekick, nuggets-nourishing guitarist Lenny Kaye, kick their evergreen art, acid, and punk-rock... More >>

  • Gogol Bordello

    published December 18, 2013

    Expect these liberation-rocking gypsy punks to deliver a pair of rambunctious, year-smashing nights in the city's biggest shoebox. Led by Eugene... More >>

  • ALTERNATIVE CAROLING

    published December 11, 2013

    If you’ve ever wanted to participate in a mass musical mobile, here’s your chance. A glorious and chilly ritual since 1992, with only... More >>

  • FADE IN

    published December 11, 2013

    What would December be without an epic Yo La Tengo run to warm the cockles of our cold hearts? With Hanukkah overlapping Thanksgiving and... More >>

  • Church of Betty Globestra

    published December 4, 2013

    With the latest iteration of his long-evolving Church of Betty project, the relentlessly curious and always-impressive... More >>

  • ICE QUEEN

    published December 4, 2013

    Critics went hallucinogenic and nearly Lovecraft-ian trying to wrap their heads around Rhízoma, the brilliant 2011 debut album of Icelandic... More >>

  • 'Terry Riley's In C'

    published December 4, 2013

    Each year, the Darmstadt contemporary music series celebrates its birthday with a performance of composer Terry Riley's seminal minimal... More >>

  • 'Sound: the Encounter, New Music From Iran and Syria'

    published December 4, 2013

    Modern jazz, Persian modes, and Sufi trance music blend into a cosmopolitan fantasia when Syrian saxophonist Basel Rajoub meets the Iranian... More >>

  • Ensemble Tzara

    published December 4, 2013

    The Swiss ensemble premieres New York avant-opera genius Robert Ashley's new Mixed Blessing, Indiana for horn, cello, and synthesizer. One... More >>

  • Keith Jarrett Trio

    published December 4, 2013

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the magnificently self-involved pianist's "standards" trio with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary... More >>

  • Son Lux

    published December 4, 2013

    Son Lux, a/k/a Ryan Lott, is an all-over-the-map innovator working across the pop, hip-hop, film, and experimental zones. He's a frequent... More >>

  • Stars of the Lid

    published December 4, 2013

    Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie kicked off their first two decades' of Eno-esque slo-mo ambience (featuring classical instrumentation) with the... More >>

  • PRIMAL SCREAM

    published November 27, 2013

    The power trio goes cold fusion in the magnificent inside-outside sound of 
Bushman’s Revenge. If the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the... More >>

  • Bombino

    published November 27, 2013

    Among the many turban-sporting Tuareg guitarists to boogie their way out of the Sahara in recent years, no one plays a badder ax than Omara... More >>

  • STRINGS ON FIRE

    published November 20, 2013

    The Calder Quartet has been juicing up its Metropolitan Museum series of Bartok string quartets with musicians from outside the classical world.... More >>

  • Karen Mantler

    published November 20, 2013

    The consistently charming and perhaps fatally self-effacing daughter of Carla Bley and Michael Mantler may have found her home away from home at... More >>

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