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Powerful Singer Nicole Zuraitis’ New Album Explores the Dark Side of the Psyche

Source: New York Music Daily

Nicole Zuraitis is one of the most powerfully eclectic singers in New York. She can literally sing anything: jazz, Americana, rock, you name it. Maybe because of that, her songwriting isn’t easily categorized. A similarly diverse pianist, she’s had a monthly 55 Bar residency since what seems forever. She’s playing there tomorrow night, Jan 12 at 10 PM with her husband, drummer Dan Pugach’s mighty nonet.

Zuraitis’ 2013 debut album Pariah Anthem was ambitious but not particularly translucent. Her new one, Hive Mind – streaming at Spotify – goes completely in the opposite direction. Yet while the music is often ...

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Some Great December Shows Reprised This Month

Source: New York Music Daily

Who says December is a slow month for live music in New York? The first three weeks were a nonstop barrage of good shows. And a lot of those artists will be out there this month for you to see.

Last summer, Innov Gnawa played a couple of pretty radical Barbes gigs. With bandleader Hassan Ben Jaafer’s hypnotically slinky sintir bass lute and the chorus of cast-iron qraqab players behind him, they went even further beyond the undulating, shapeshifting, ancient call-and-response of their usual traditional Moroccan repertoire. Those June and July shows both plunged more deeply into the edgy, chromatically-charged ...

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A Rare Appearance From the Darkly Slinky Ghost Funk Orchestra

Source: New York Music Daily

Over the past couple of years, multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum has been building a catchy, slinky, darkly cinematic catalog of organic dance music, mostly by himself. He calls the project Ghost Funk Orchestra. And since he’s a one-man band, more or less, he has to pull a group together if he wants to play live. Which is rare. That’s why the Ghost Funk Orchestra’s upcoming gig on Jan 5 at 8 PM at Baby’s All Right is a pretty big deal – and it’s free.

Back in 2016, Applebaum sent over the tracks to his first album, Night Walker, streaming ...

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Feature | Fake Flowers Real Dirt – “Three Straight Days”

Source: Blisspop » DC Music

Picture this: you’re walking through Baltimore and you pass an ordinary-looking house that has a band playing what sounds like drum and bass. You trespass on to their property to get a better listen — sure enough, there’s full band in the steamy basement rocking drum and bass’ familiar fast breakbeat sound. The lead singer’s

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Revolution #22 returns tomorrow with Soul Science Lab, Meridian Lights, The Experi3nce

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Revolution #22 returns tomorrow with Soul Science Lab, Meridian Lights, The Experi3nce
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Tomorrow’s 22nd installment of The Revolution, a Deli-sponsored monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging local artists with a particular focus on Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, will deliver a lineup that’s bound to lift souls. Yes, because soul is the common thread found in the three acts performing in the stylish white room of Williamsburg’s National Sawdust.

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Drummer-Chef Sunny Jain Brings Treats for the Ears and the Taste Buds to Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

Last night Lincoln Center’s Jordana Leigh enthusiastically introduced Sunny Jain as “Our original – an artist who’s had a long history with Lincoln Center…the first artist to play the atrium.” The Red Baraat mastermind and dhol bass drum player is also an accomplished cook. His gameplan was to do a food-themed show, complete with samples of his own all-natural, sugar-free homemade pear chutney, introduced by his ExtravagaJAMza band with a strutting, New Orleans-infused take of a wry 50s-style lounge theme. And the chutney was tasty  – although he admitted it lacked the hot pepper burn of his first batch. Bring ...

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Soft Glas tours with Sports, brings electric soul to Mercury on 12.13 and Baby’s on 12.14

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Soft Glas tours with Sports, brings electric soul to Mercury on 12.13 and Baby's on 12.14
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The music of Soft Glas — a.k.a. producer and songwriter Joao Gonzalez — evokes dreamy and funky vibes that both excite and chill the nerves. It’s music that works well in a full length format, and Joao seems aware of it, since Orange Earth, released in September, is the project’s third LP. Live, ...

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Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue plays C’mon Everybody 12.07, releases debut EP in January

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Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue plays C'mon Everybody 12.07, releases debut EP in January
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Those partial to the slow-jam sounds of The Weather Channel’s past and layered vocal harmonies a la Freddie will find solace in the music of Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue, the newest project of Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn, formerly of Ghost Beach. Mendelsohn’s brought his funk to tour with bands like Imagine Dragons and Walk The Moon; ...

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Trippy, Eclectic Sounds in Deep Bushwick This Sunday Night

Source: New York Music Daily

This December 3 there’s an excellent multi-band lineup put together by boutique Brooklyn label Very Special Recordings at Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway between Lafayette and Van Buren in Bushwick. The show starts at 8; the lineup, in reverse order, is psychedelic Afrobeat headliners the People’s Champs; female-fronted trip-hop/postrock band Green and Glass; brilliant bassist Ezra Gale’s funky, dub-inspired psychedelic project the Eargoggle; psychedelic pastoral jazz guitarist Dustin Carlson; similarly eclectic guitarist Ryan Dugre; and cinematic guitar-and-EFX dude Xander Naylor, who can be a lot louder and more fearsome than his latest, more ...

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Wild Turkish Psychedelic Rock Rescued From Obscurity

Source: New York Music Daily

One of the most amazing albums released this year is Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu, a compilation streaming at Spotify that pays homage to the Turkish cassette label that released some of the wildest, most surreal sounds to emerge from that part of the world. Spanning from 1975 to 1984, this trippy ten-track playlist collects hard funk, symphonic rock, disco, electrified Turkish traditional ballads and anthems…and what sounds like a long radio commercial.

String synth, organ, wry wah synth and soaring, otherworldly, microtonal zurna oboe mingle in Zor Beyler’s suspenseful, lushly anthemic Gozumdeki Yaslar. The second track, by guitarslinger Erkin Koray, is ...

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Chic (featuring Nile Rodgers) @ Brooklyn Bowl, 11/2/17

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Chic (featuring Nile Rodgers) @ Brooklyn Bowl, 11/2/17

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A Space for Giants hosted an event featuring the legendary Chic and the prolific (to put it lightly) Nile Rodgers raising awareness for both the latter’s illustrious career (with not only songs from Chic’s catalog but Daft Punk, Madonna and the star child David Bowie’s discography)  as well as the former’s mission of raising awareness for the fortunately dwindling ivory trade. The event boasted a host of musicians and personalities  (both of the actor variety and philanthropic stock). In between, performances ranging from the drum line/dancer ensemble The Marching Cobras to soul laden grooves from ...

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Catchy, Raw, Soulful, Original Funk and Dance Music From Eliza and the Organix

Source: New York Music Daily

There’s no band in New York who sound anything like Eliza and the Organix. You can dance to them, but they also have flashes of psychedelia and a vintage punk fearlessness. They’re funky, but their sound is uncluttered and gritty – is it legal to call them organic? In other words, they’re nothing like the slick, cheesy Berklee clones noodling ad nauseum into the wee hours at Rockwood Music Hall. Over the past few years, Eliza and the Organix have been gigging constantly all over town. Their new album Present Fuure Dreams is streaming at Bandcamp; their next ...

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National Sawdust’s Revolution #20 is happening 10/21

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National Sawdust's Revolution #20 is happening 10/21
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National Sawdust is dropping yet another eclectic showcase with their latest Revolution show. On Saturday, October 21st, Revolution #20 will play host yet again to Brooklyn and Harlem based artists that are pushing the evolution of their genres. This weekend features Chandanie, Loom and Shareef Keyes and The Groove. According to the National Sawdust, the "series supports revolutionary artistry and how ...

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Flamingosis’ flashy funk in new LP “A Groovy Thing” + live at Brooklyn Steel on 11.24

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Flamingosis' flashy funk in new LP
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Electronic producer Flamingosis released his latest album, A Groovy Thing last month, a lush and exciting record that has the potential to please a wide range of ears, full of mellow nu-jazz influences, bossanova vibes, ultra-funky dance tracks, and pristine beats. Throughout the album, Flamingosis delivers quality samples, arrangements and grooves, as heard on the second track, "don’t ...

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Bryant Park hosts third annual Emerging Music Festival on 8.18 & 8.19

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Bryant Park hosts third annual Emerging Music Festival on 8.18 & 8.19
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When it comes to the local NYC scene, Bryant Park’s Emerging Music Festival (EMF) is the place to be. Returning for its third year, the festival is a hotbed for community and creativity. As the city’s only exclusively local festival, EMF is a can’t miss opportunity for everyone interested in keeping up to date with the scene. And ...

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IGBO brings the psych-funk to C’Mon Everybody on August 8

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IGBO brings the psych-funk to C'Mon Everybody on August 8
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Brooklyn-based funk group IGBO continue to share their positive spirit with their new Rooftop Cookout Series happening now at My Wicked Lady. As the first of a two-part event series, they invited fellow dance-fusion stars Buscabulla, Puck, NiDi Halum, Naimi, ignaBAE and Jaws to for a afternoon dance. Praised by both NPR and The Fader since the release of ...

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The Revolution Vol. 17: Cross Culture, Beccs and Bridget Perez at National Sawdust on 07.29

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The Revolution Vol. 17: Cross Culture, Beccs and Bridget Perez at National Sawdust on 07.29
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Brooklyn non-profit venue National Sawdust is hosting The Revolution Vol. 17 on July 29th, a monthly installment in an ongoing performance series sponsored by The Deli. The Revolution is a showcase of Brooklyn and Harlem-based performers who advocate for community empowerment, change and activism through the arts. Featured this month are the hip-hop/soul powerhouse Cross Culture, ...

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Quincy Vidal Bring the Real Brooklyn to Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

“One of my favorite bands in New York City,” Lincoln Center’s Viviana Benitez said succinctly, introducing Quincy Vidal’s rambunctious debut there last night . Then she let the Brooklyn hip-hop band’s lyrics speak for themselves.

“When we first got this gig, the first question I asked was, do they know who they booked?” co-leader and rapper Le’Asha Julius grinned. “Do they know the shit we talk about?” Obviously yes: this isn’t your grandfather’s Lincoln Center anymore and hasn’t been for awhile.

Backed by a tight, woozily funky four-piece band: Telecaster, multi-keys, bass and drums – Julius and her lyrical ...

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High-Voltage African and American Sounds From Central Park to the River

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80.’s first song this past evening at Central Park Summerstage was Expensive Shit. As a literal, graphic condemnation of wretched capitalist excess and status-grubbing, it has few equals. Fela Kuti’s son and principal heir to the family Afrobeat legacy probably spat the word “shit” more times during the roughly ten minutes it took for the band to bubble and rise and finally bring the relentless underlying vamp to a close, than any other act has done at this venue in many years.

Kuti has been fortunate to sidestep the kind of brutal repression his father ...

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“back to Back to Black”: Celebrating Amy Winehouse’s Legacy with Remember Jones and Nik Greeley

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It’s been over 10 years since the release of Amy Winehouse’s iconic album Back to Black, but it feels as relevant today as it did in 2006. Next Friday, July 21st, soul vocalist and band leader Remember Jones will recreate the entire classic album with a 15-piece orchestra at Ardmore Music Hall as part of his “back to Back to Black” series.

Philly-based funk rock collective Nik Greeley & The Operators will open the show. Nik Greeley, who is also a member of the funk extravaganza Swift Technique, is known for being one of the best frontmen ...

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An Awesome New Album and an East Village Release Show by Ethio-Jazz Songstress Meklit

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Multi-instrumentalist singer Meklit is one of brightest lights in Ethiopian jazz  But that’s just the starting point for the ex-Brooklynite songwriter, who springboards off that  into a high-voltage mix that also draws on classic soul, funk, rock and ancient Ethiopian folk music. Her Lincoln Center show back in April was off the hook. Now she’s got a new album, When the People Move, the Music Moves Too, soon to be streaming at Bandcamp, and a release show tomorrow night, June 21 at 8 PM at the old Nublu at 62 Ave. C.. Cover is $22.

Since she absconded ...

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NYC band on the rise: Future Heart

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NYC band on the rise: Future Heart
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Brooklyn psych-pop band Future Heart rather accurately lives up to its name, providing futuristic vibes without giving up emotion and movement. Formed in 2015, the eight-piece group released their debut single, “Holographic Autograph” last year, a record that blurs the line between afrobeat, pop and electronic music. They recently headlined Baby’s All Right (which is per se an ...

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Professor Caveman Release New EP, Vol. 3

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Professor Caveman Release New EP, Vol. 3
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Rob Romano and his New Brunswick based band Professor Caveman just released a super intriguing and borderline bizarre EP, titled Vol. 3. Their first work since 2014, the record is a completely different project than their previous garage/punk release Vol. 2. Here, Romano provides a unique combination of funk, synthpop, psychedelia and lo-fi sounds, offering an unpredictable songwriting style reminiscent of a ...

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