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  • THE X FACTOR

    published August 20, 2014

    Formed in 1977 by singing poet Exene Cervenka, her bassist-soulmate John Doe, enigmatic rockabilly guitarist Billy Zoom, and pile-driving drummer... More >>

  • PIANO MAN

    published August 20, 2014

    In honor of Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday next year, Taka Kigawa performs the composer-conductor’s complete works for piano, an... More >>

  • B SIDE

    published August 13, 2014

    Alvarius B is the nom de guerre of Alan Bishop, formerly of the Sun City Girls and a potent force of disinfo-tainment in his own right. Bishop is... More >>

  • Willie Colón

    published August 13, 2014

    Summerstage's Fania All Stars concert celebrating Fania Records' first half century, may have been canceled, but you can still catch the label's... More >>

  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

    published August 13, 2014

    Led by singer-songwriter Reuben Koroma, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have evolved into road-seasoned ambassadors of peace through music since... More >>

  • Jazz digs roots as Lincoln Center Out of Doors' ambitious inaugural Americanafest NYC continues with "A Sacred Steel Love Supreme," wherein the Campbell Brothers apply their superb gospel-steel-guitar skills to John Coltrane's most exalted opus. And expec

    published August 6, 2014

    Jazz digs roots as Lincoln Center Out of Doors' ambitious inaugural Americanafest NYC continues with "A Sacred Steel Love Supreme," wherein the... More >>

  • GOD BLESS AMERICANA

    published August 6, 2014

    Capping a week of live performances, including last night’s Roseanne Cash bash with Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, this afternoon’s... More >>

  • Vieux Farka Toure

    published August 6, 2014

    The late Ali Farka Touré's son has wisely chosen to transform his father's Saharan guitar boogie into a vehicle of raw electric power.... More >>

  • Karen Mantler Trio

    published July 30, 2014

    The charmingly self-effacing pianist-harmonicist performs music from her downbeat new album, Business Is Bad, with Kato Hideki (bass... More >>

  • Rebirth Brass Band

    published July 30, 2014

    This eight-piece, three-decades-old metal outfit makes a big brassy noise that blasts asunder the borders separating funk, jazz, gospel, and R&B,... More >>

  • Camille A. Brown and Dancers+Stew & the Negro Problem

    published July 30, 2014

    Two excellent artists who know from race and roles apply their talents to the subject during this inspired double bill. Choreographer Camille A.... More >>

  • GUITAR HERO

    published July 30, 2014

    No musician straddles the crevasse between rock and free jazz with as much aplomb and credibility as guitarist Nels Cline. A linchpin of the... More >>

  • PLANET OF SOUND

    published July 23, 2014

    It may not be a small world after all, but it’s definitely a musical one. New York’s intrepid globalFEST co-produces this daylong,... More >>

  • Noura Mint Seymali

    published July 23, 2014

    The Mauritanian singer has a fine new album, Tzenni, and deploys her impossible-to-ignore voice to explore Moorish poetic themes. The... More >>

  • Allen Toussaint

    published July 23, 2014

    The debonair New Orleans pianist-songwriter-producer reprises his bittersweet post-Katrina brunch stint here with another series of Sunday... More >>

  • Mike Dillon

    published July 16, 2014

    The punk-jazz percussionist brings his excellent new quartet to town for the first time. With Carly Myers on trombone and the raspy-voiced... More >>

  • GAMELAN GIRLS

    published July 16, 2014

    It was probably inevitable that some bright experimentalist would appropriate the rich and colorful-sounding metallophones and gongs of Indonesia... More >>

  • FOR PETE’S SAKE

    published July 16, 2014

    The five-day, multi-venue Seeger Fest commemorating the full and inspiring lives of Pete Seeger, who died last year at age 94, and wife Toshi... More >>

  • Jaojoby+Razia Said+Charles Kely

    published July 16, 2014

    Jaojoby headlines a reprise of "Wake Up Madagascar," a terrific package that played here a couple of years ago. The reigning king of salegy, whose... More >>

  • SEND IN THE CLOWN

    published July 9, 2014

    The first complete film produced by MGM, Swedish director Victor Seastrom’s 1924 silent masterpiece He Who Gets Slapped,wowed critics and... More >>

  • Phish

    published July 9, 2014

    The popular Vermont quartet spend three days here, giving everyone a chance to make themselves at home. Younger fans will lap up every note of... More >>

  • Eyal Maoz's Crazy Slavic Band

    published July 9, 2014

    Expect bold music from the outer brasslands when this Israeli prog-jazz experimentalist kicks off his six-night, 10-act Stone residency this... More >>

  • OUT OF AFRICA

    published July 2, 2014

    The underrepresented sounds of Ethiopia and Mauritania get a hearing from two of the world’s more exciting singers. Teddy Afro (born... More >>

  • Very Be Careful

    published July 2, 2014

    Over the course of seven flabbergasting albums, this Los Angeles quintet (led by charismatic singer-accordionist Ricardo Guzman) has transformed... More >>

  • SHOWBOAT

    published June 25, 2014

    Whether rolling on ’em or washing in their waters, rivers are the veins and arteries of American labor and romance. This afternoon, Jeff... More >>

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