Through a series of maybe not-so-unfortunate events, I was a teenage jam band scenester, which, when properly italicized and luridly capitalized, sounds like a sordid music-crit version of a '50s exploitation paperback. But the truth is, I wasn't seduced by drugs, sex, or anything else until college ... More >>
In the grandstand, away from the heat of the Fair Groundsthe horse-racing track that becomes a music stadium for each New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivalstood an exhibit of black-and-white photos that suggested much of the music going on outside. "Faces of Tremé," drawn from 30 years ... More >>
Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, with contributions from Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph, continues. Follow along here.
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Sure, there was lots of great music put out by women this yearmy Pazz and Jop top tens will ... More >>
by Laura Leebove
Anaïs Mitchell and the Hadestown Orchestra
(le) poisson rouge
Sunday, November 20
Better than: Watching Occupy Wall Street protesters on TV.
Anaïs Mitchell's show on Sunday night began on a crowded stage at (le) poisson rouge and ended in a singalong-propelled march to nearby W ... More >>
"Weather" isn't the first Meshell Ndegeocello single to fall into the category of "freak folk," but the album of the same name (Naive) is her first that can be comfortably filed under that genre. Classical and country elements have often enhanced Ndegeocello's melding of jazz, rock, global fu ... More >>
Stupendous Cincinnati sleaze-rockers Afghan Whigs just made our list of '90s bands that haven't reunited yet, but ex-leader Greg Dulli has no apparent interest in reliving the past, and his projects since -- the Twilight Singers especially -- are plenty sleazy themselves. A new TS record is s ... More >>
On Saturday, lizphair.com suddenly had a new album available via download for a mere $5.99, with one streaming track as a sample, or maybe a warning: "Bollywood" features our heroine rapping in different voices over, yes, a Bollywood tabla. This, in addition to the low asking price, prnt scrn ... More >>
Pete Seeger only turns 90 once, so why not have a big party? True to the folk singer's activist legacy, this packed Madison Square Garden celebration was a fundraiser for the Clearwater sloop and sailboat-centered foundation that Seeger built in 1969 to raise awareness about a then-near-dead Hudso ... More >>