Tuesday, September 11
Better than: A tale of one city.
When it comes to music, Tolstoy's dictum about the only two kinds of stories1) someone goes on a journey, or 2) a stranger comes to towncan usually be distilled into a single notion: We hop on th ... More >>
Sunday, January 8
Better than: A Sunday evening spent preparing for the Monday grind.
Starting with the number of stages it commands (three) and moving up from there, globalFest 2012 is the kind of event that could lavish in its stats. In line with its mission to showc ... More >>
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Wednesday, July 27
Better than: FELA! on Broadway.
It's not hard to see why Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti"Seun" (SHAY-oon) for shortwas asked to star in the musical about his bandleader father that, after a stint on Broadway that ended this year, is now ... More >>
Brian Chase (l) and Alan Licht (r) perform at Kenny's Castaways on June 23.
Second Annual Undead Jazzfest
Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, (le) poisson rouge, The Bell House, Littlefield, CrossFit Gym, Homage Skateboard Training Facility
Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25
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Friday, May 6
Sure, they came onstage 45 minutes later than advertised, but the crowd was only a little grumpy about being kept waiting. (Those who booed and threw empty beer cans and plastic cups at Irving Plaza's hanging video screen every time a new song came over th ... More >>
Once the dubmaster for Out Hud and bass provider for !!!, Justin Vandervolgen has been negotiating rock and dance music for well over a decade, forgoing the former for the latter a few years back. This year has been a busy one for Vandervolgen: rocking underground dance parties, dropping an o ... More >>
Black Thought greets his (overflowing) public. Photos by Nicole Ankowski, more below.The Roots and friends
Prospect Park Bandshell
Sunday, July 11
Welcome to another preposterously well-attended Celebrate Brooklyn! fete, David Byrne-ian in its excess of humanity, thousands upon thousa ... More >>
We have praised Tony-nomination-dominating Fela Kuti musical Fela! at some length around here, and for good reason, which will become perhaps more readily apparent on June 8 when the official cast recording is finally released, featuring, of course, the incomparable Afrobeat stylings of Brook ... More >>
West Africa Story: Fela!. Photo by Chad GriffithIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla writes the back story to and guesses at the future of Fela!, the Fela Kuti Broadway biopic that is every bit as fantastic as it needs to be to survive--not that the fact will necessarily help it, in the ... More >>
Allow us to get a bit navel-gazing here for a second and say that if you ever had any interest in Fela Kuti the man or the bizarre process by which a complicated and politically volatile biography gets turned into a Broadway show marketed (at least in part) to people from Illinois who couldn' ... More >>
Pretty light evening tonight. If you're the sort who'd be into seeing Soulfly at Blender Theater at Gramercy, we suspect you already know about it. If you must go out, the fantastic Fela Kuti musical, the imaginatively titled Fela!, starts previews tonight for a mid-November opening on Broadway. Her ... More >>