Saxophone giant Tim Berne is one forward-thinking renegade who started altering the landscape of jazz in the mid-1970s by wielding his horn and, in a show of then-unheard of DIY vision, launched his own record label.
A late bloomer, Berne didn't pick up a sax until his very late teens but upon his ... More >>
Jenny Scheinman Quartet
Friday, August 31
Better than: Music that keeps you at a distance.
During her early set at the Village Vanguard on Friday, violinist Jenny Scheinman pulled out just one cover, Duke Ellington's "Awful Sad." It's not hard to see why she's fond of that particu ... More >>
Enfants Terribles with Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock and Joey Baron
Thursday, August 16
Better than: The terrible twos.
The word's out in jazz about the cache of collectives with band names as opposed to ensembles named for or operated by a catalyst instrumentalist or leader. La ... More >>
My Chemical Romance go . . . Styx. Photo by Neil Krug.In this week's Village Voice, Brandon Soderberg profiles the 21-year-old rap producer AraabMuzik, Christopher R. Weingarten is not impressed with the new record from My Chemical Romance, Francis Davis praises new efforts from Bill Frisell, ... More >>
Michael Gira's legendary noise punk crew Swans announced their reunion back in January, and with guitarist Norman Westberg on board (no Jarboe, alas), Gira seemed to be promising the return of the ferocious, '80s vintage of his band, rather than gothy, whispery, horror-house '90s version. Thi ... More >>
So here's a strange thing: Next month Insound will release a revamped, partially rerecorded version of Richard Hell and the Voidoids jovially jagged 1982 NYC punk classic Destiny Street, with Robert Quine's original rhythm-guitar tracks overlayed with all-new vocals by Hell and stupendously o ... More >>
Ignore the song titles. CREDIT.
The Bang on a Can Marathon
World Financial Center Winter Garden
Sunday, May 31
Verily, this fest has scaled back somewhat in recent years -- consider 2007's fairly insane 26-hour affair, wherein I emerged, groggy and disoriented, from the Winter Garden at around 4:3 ... More >>