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2011 Stories by Vijith Assar

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  • 'Summerstage Festival Presents Yo-Yo Ma'

    published May 25, 2011

    Now in its 25th year, the concert series in Central Park's Rumsey Playfield remains a quintessential New York experience, one on par with getting... More >>

  • The Cars

    published May 18, 2011

    The Cars' brand-spanking-new album Move Like This is naturally supposed to be a comeback album, since it's their first release in nearly 25... More >>

  • Keiko Matsui

    published May 11, 2011

    The performances on this Japanese virtuoso's 2003 mostly-solo album, The Piano, demonstrated a sensitive touch and a fantastic sense of... More >>

  • Aesop Rock

    published May 4, 2011

    Ian Matthias Bavitz's irresistible egghead wordplay and abrasive, gravelly bark made him a a centerpiece of underground hip hop, even though he... More >>

  • Punch Brothers

    published April 6, 2011

    It's tempting to call Punch Brothers one of the finest young bluegrass bands in the country, except for the strict bluegrass purists who would... More >>

  • Patrick Stump

    published March 30, 2011

    The former Fall Out Boy singer's fledgling solo career started off by steering more toward dance and pop than mall-punk, but he hasn't yet... More >>

  • Cut Copy

    published March 23, 2011

    Appropriately enough, your lead-up to tonight is the four-evening LCD Soundsystem run, the one cobbled together to spite the ticket scalpers of... More >>

  • DeVotchKa

    published March 16, 2011

    Denver gypsy quartet DeVotchKa's captivating Balkan folk fusion favors lurching accordion riffs over distorted guitars. They're a bit too refined... More >>

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    published March 9, 2011

    South Africa's most important vocal ensemble released an album of Zulu children's songs this year, which made sense: they have a broad appeal... More >>

  • Six Organs of Admittance

    published February 23, 2011

    Folksy, surreal guitarist Ben Chasny is an avant-garde talent who often pads his records with odd drones and pauses. In concert, he'll probably... More >>

  • Francis & the Lights

    published February 16, 2011

    It may seem a little gimmicky at first, but having the frontman for local indie-pop outfit Francis and the Lights deliver a solo set using only a... More >>

  • Yann Tiersen

    published February 9, 2011

    True to its title, the popular French composer's latest album, Dust Lane, lets his grimier experimental rock tendencies bury his formidable... More >>

  • Idle Warship

    published February 2, 2011

    Even in comparison to Talib Kweli's finest foils--Mos Def, Hi-Tek, a Nina Simone sample--Res looms large. The largely forgotten Philly r&b... More >>

  • Carolina Chocolate Drops

    published January 26, 2011

    To some extent, this Durham, North Carolina, trio represents the region's history as much as its music. They're one of the very last in the long... More >>

  • White Lies+Asobi Sesku

    published January 19, 2011

    Under different circumstances, White Lies singer Harry McVeigh's baritone delivery could have seemed both melodramatic and monochromatic, and the... More >>

  • 'Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp Finale with Roger Daltrey'

    published January 5, 2011

    So just who are the Who at this point? Who knows! A decade ago, after bassist John Entwistle joined legendary drummer Keith Moon in that... More >>

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