While working in organist Jack McDuff's band in 1979, guitarist Marc Ribot learned not to "hit the obvious note," a guideline he's followed ever since. As a sideman, he's strummed for the likes of Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, the Lounge Lizards, and John Zorn; on his own, he moves from solo guitar to ... More >>
Peter GannushkinClarinetist and composer Jeremiah Cymerman cuts and cuts and cuts a maddening line between free improv and musique concrète, creating glitched-out landscapes from recycled performances. His second album for Tzadik, Fire Sign (out August 30), is like a night at the Stone remix ... More >>
A veteran English music writer, Kris Needs lived in New York City in the late '80s (he spent two years behind the counter at Bleecker Bob's). It was part of a longstanding fascination with the city thatlucky usnow culminates in Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York's Mu ... More >>
Eve Belgarian performs at The Stone tonight. While reading composer Martin Bresnick's long-but-fascinating personal essay last week, I came across the name of an artist whom I'd never heard of previously. Looking up that obscure name (Eric Stokes) on Amazon and ArchivMusic yielded a couple of ... More >>
Mustafa Ahmed, leading the charge. Pics by Puja.Better Than: That band your dad is in.
Arthur Russell was a man of many friends and even more musical endeavors. In the late '70s, the experimental composer and disco savant was something of an underground idol, collaborating with everyone from ... More >>
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January 14, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 2
By Jill Johnston
LEUCADIA: 20 miles north of San Diego...because we're sitting here splitting fields and relaxing together and Pauline Oliveros is playing me a tape of a performance of he ... More >>
Jill Johnston died on September 18, following a stroke nine days earlier. The shock waves are reverberating. Perhaps we thought she was indestructible. Jill began to write about dance for The Village Voice in 1959, four years after Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer founded the small, feisty ... More >>
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New York new composers So Percussion are constantly working and competing in an arena immune to the hype cycle, so it's easy to take their awesomeness for granted. Four dudes making tikking-takking ... More >>
"Let's challenge ourselves to not create a track that is not 25 amplifiers and cabinets turned up to 10. Let's create something that breathes, that has space and silences."
The advance listening sessions for Monoliths & Dimensions, the new Sunn O))) album (and 7th in ten years), couldn't have fal ... More >>