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 >>
In a recent tweet responding to a follower's assertion that he was a celebrity, the drummer and head Root Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson demurred, claiming he was merely "a personality." The follower had a point, though; according to a website devoted to Quest's blogs about meeting famous people, for in ... More >>
White Outalong with Gotham lifers like Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth and Unsanehead a slate of disparately drawn iconoclasts who, despite downtown's colossal overhaul, still unequivocally bleed NYC guts and grit through their musical veins. Inseparable since being introduced by former SY d ... More >>
This week the Voice sat down with New York jazz titan Charles Gayle, whose new album Streets portends a man on a quest to find peace within his craft and headspace. Gayle and Tom Surgal (of local avant-jazz stalwarts White Out) go way back to the revered '80s downtown era, and the percussionist, via ... More >>
For starters, Mick Barr is not in Hella. Never was. Sure, the diminutive, scraggly-haired, baseball-capped experi-metal guitarist overlord has collabbed with the San Franisco spazz-proggers' drummer, Zach Hill, on a slew of intense and brain-scorching shredders. But those were just one-offs. ... More >>
Photo of Jim Jones taunting hipsters by Rebecca Smeyne
In the week Jim Jones put ten thousand dollars on a three-on-three basketball tournament sponsored by Converse and barred to the media, we got up in there anyway, and brought you the hilarious play-by-play. Take that, shoe company.
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Oh just another fantastic day here in Musicland. Rashied Ali -- Philly-borne free-jazz drummer, John Coltrane co-conspirator when John started to get really out there, former NYC venue proprietor (Ali's Alley), and all-around badass -- died yesterday after a heart attack. He and Les Paul would've ... More >>