Free jazz is challenging, violent, political, spiritual, joyous, peaceful, and a million other things. It's about shattering forms in order to find a new world of sound somewhere further outside. And once this new world is found, it's time to go looking for a newer one.
When, as a college student, ... More >>
The Brooklyn-based harpist Zeena Parkins doesn't follow rules. Whether she's playing with Björk, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori or John Zorn, her harp rarely sounds like a harp. Instead, it's soaked in digital surrealism and alien mysteryexquisitely dripping, cosmically pinging or wildly feedback ... More >>
Even via Skype, Rhys Chatham remains profoundly, permanently enthused. The giddy 100-guitar maximalist/minimalist yin to Glenn Branca's foreboding 100-guitar maximalist/minimalist yang, Chatham's '70s/'80s innovationsrounded up by Table of the Elements on 2002's An Angel Moves Too Fast To See ... More >>
A Spotify playlist of Sam Rivers' work is here.
Jazz composer, multi-instrumentalist, and organizer Sam Rivers died of pneumonia on December 26. Rivers' importance to the American jazz avant-garde extended beyond his recordings and performances. In his demonstration of artistic self-reliance and co ... More >>
The week brought us Jon Brion and Shellac and Sam Sparro (not to mention a handful of surprise Occupy Wall Street pop-ins), and that wide spectrum of genres is also represented in this weekend's concert listings.
Tonight Deadmau5, who Maura has just informed me stands out as the only artist to be n ... More >>
It's been two years since YIMBY first peeked in on CSC Funk Band, the rollicking, hard-hitting, long-jamming, unapologetically funktacular boogie monster tapped to finally "bring booty-moving, head-nodding grooves to the Todd P universe." In that time they've blossomed from eight members to 1 ... More >>
Charlie Looker has spent 10 years in New York art-rock anomalies--Lavender, Zs, Period, Extra Life, Sculptress, even (briefly) Dirty Projectors. The common thread is always the place where the vulnerable sentiment of indie rock collides with the jagged rhythms of contemporary composition; Loo ... More >>
Max GoldblattAndrew VanWyngarden and Simon O'Connor (left to right, with guitars)
You know the one--Cristina Black's much reblogged music feature that ran in print two weeks ago. It seems that in the wake of the piece, every Wes alum with a guitar pick and a cowbell came out of comment-lurker hidi ... More >>