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Deadfellow Talks Johnny Brenda’s Show, New Music and the Apocalypse

Source: Rock On Philly

After enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving meal and maybe taking advantage of Black Friday sales, check out Philly’s much buzzed about singer-songwriter Deadfellow for a very special show at Johnny Brenda’s this Friday night!

Deadfellow has enjoyed quite a productive 2017, to say the least. He released two critically-acclaimed albums – January’s Love Songs for the Contemporary Listener and June’s Mescalifornia: A California Dream – and will soon release his third album, Millennials in Love (And Other Pre-Apocalyptic Standards), which was recorded in Nashville and features the guitar work of Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) and keys by Rob Crowell (formerly ...

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A Night of Haunting, Adrenalizing, Poignant Sounds From the Greek Underground

Source: New York Music Daily

University of Illinois music professor Yona Stamatis, a native New Yorker, was on a mission to find the real rebetika, the so-called “Greek blues.” The music actually doesn’t sound the least bit bluesy. Popularized by ethnic Greek refugees from Turkey and Cyprus, much of it bristles with the eerie microtones and slinky rhythms of Middle Eastern music. At its peak in the 1920s and 30s, it was the sound of the criminal underworld as well as the pro-democracy underground fighting a brutal dictatorship. Rebetika is still played in tavernas and on Greek tv, but all too often it’s watered down, ...

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The Navatman Music Collective Take Rapturous Indian Classical Sounds to New Places

Source: New York Music Daily

Last night at the Navatman Music Collective’s sold-out show at Symphony Space, choir leader Roopa Mahadevan took what otherwise would have been a pretty generic blues riff and transformed it into shiveringly melismatic, sultry R&B, echoed by guest tenor saxophonist Pawan Benjamin. Not something you would expect at a performance of centuries-old south Indian classical music.

There was another point where singer Shiv Subramaniam took a series of flying leaps from his crystalline low register to a spot much further upward, his voice a comet tail of grit and overtones. Then there was the split-secomd where Preetha Raghu’s brief ...

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Fit For A King Play Voltage Lounge This Tuesday!

Source: Rock On Philly

Christian metalcore outfit Fit For A King will be heading to Voltage Lounge this Tuesday, November 21, along with In Hearts Wake, Like Moths To Flames and Phinehas. The Texas-based band released their most recent album, Deathgrip, last year. Inspired by the 2015 terror attack at the Bataclan in Paris, where Fit For A King was meant to play a show only four days after, Deathgrip centers on the toll death and devastation has in our world today.  

We spoke with Fit For A King before they make their trip to Philly this week- read our interview with ...

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Pianist Marta Sanchez Brings Her Elegant, Lustrous Tunefulness to the West Village

Source: New York Music Daily

Lustrous atmosphere and elegant glimmer at the top of the keys introduces the opening track on  pianist Marta Sanchez’s latest album, Danza Imposible, streaming at Bandcamp. Is it impossible to dance to? Not necessarily. Does the music itself dance? A fair amount. What’s very, very possible about it is that you can hum along. Sanchez is a strong tunesmith and doesn’t fall for postbop cliches. She has a thing for syncopated Philip Glass-like variations on a central, circular hook; a sense of angst lurks in the background throughout many of the numbers here. She’s leading her quintet this ...

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Celebrating an Eclectic, Dynamic Force in Venezuelan Classical Music

Source: New York Music Daily

“I’m having a great time up here,” bassist Gonzalo Tappa told his bandmates with an unselfconsciously grin. He’d been exchanging sly rhythmic riffs all night with the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem. Not something you might expect at a concert celebrating the work of a pioneering classical composer.

Friday night at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, an all-star chamber orchestra played the first-ever career retrospective of music by Aldemaro Romero, a 20th century Venezuelan counterpart to Ernesto Lecuona. Romero came to New York at age 34 with his family and worked prolifically as an arranger in both classical ...

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Get to Know Rad Horror This Tuesday at Boot & Saddle

Source: Philthy Mag

So, it might seem like this Tuesday at Boot & Saddle is a ladies-only affair, headlined by Chloe Chaidez’s New Wave revivalists, Kitten, and opened by the current queen of electro sass pop, Sizzy Rocket.  However, the band sandwiched in-between the two, LA-based Rad Horror, is just as… well, rad… At the core of Rad Horror is Dylan Jackson Scott, best known for his work writing and producing with Halsey and his previous indie pop group, Young Rising Sons.  And while Scott doesn’t abandon any of his roots in Rad Horror, he would seem to throw large portions of ‘80s ...

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Innovative, Intriguing New Guitar Sounds From Lucas Brode

Source: New York Music Daily

Lucas Brode is one of New York’s most individualistic guitarists. Rather than picking or strumming, he typically taps the strings. Because he uses a lot of pedals, the sound is a lot more varied and dynamic than you would think. Most of the compositions on his new solo album I Lick the Kerosene of Progress – streaming at Bandcamp – are on the short and cinematic side. He’s got an intriguing gig tomorrow night, Nov 19 at around 9 with brilliant drummer Kevin Shea (of Mostly Other People Do the Killing) at the Glove, 885 Lexington Ave. just off Broadway ...

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Kelly Green Brings Her Vintage Jazz Voice and Sophisticated Postbop Compositions to Smalls Next Month

Source: New York Music Daily

The sound of a siren in passing traffic opens pianist/singer Kelly Green’s new album Life Rearranged, streaming at Spotify. In addition to a mix of standards, some striking originals with flashes of greatness pervade this urbane, classy, purist album: Green is someone to keep your eye on. The material is typically on the melancholy side but with occasional wistful humor. Vocally, Sarah Vaughan seems to be an obvious influence; on the keys, Green plays with a strong sense for space and a flair for the unexpected. She and her group are playing the album release show on Dec ...

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Dynamic, High-Voltage Indian-Flavored Cinematic Themes and a Williamsburg Show From Fiery Violinist/Singer Rini

Source: New York Music Daily

Rini, a.k.a. Harini Raghavan, is one of New York’s great talents in Indian classical and film music. She’s as dynamic and expressive a Bollywood singer as she is a carnatic violinist. Yet her most exciting project is her own epic, sweeping Indian-flavored art-rock band, also called Rini. Her lush, eclectic new album is streaming at Bandcamp: She and her band are playing the album release show on Nov 24 at 10 PM at Legion Bar in Williamsburg. Cover is $10.

The majestic opening track, Warp, percolates along on a classical Indian riff, the bandleader’s intricate pizzicato and ...

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A Tantalizing Taste of Golden Fest Last Night at Trans-Pecos

Source: New York Music Daily

It’s not likely that the WNYU folks had Golden Fest in mind when they booked three of New York’s most exciting bands to play Trans-Pecos last night. But the triplebill of riveting Macedonian duo Glas, hotshot oudist Kane Mathis and haunting Turkish band Dolunay are all vets of the annual Brooklyn mecca for sounds from across the Balkans and the Middle East as well. Golden Fest 2018 takes place next January 12 and 13; this was a hint of the kind of wild intensity and stark rapture that will be in almost absurd abundance there that weekend.

Glas, the ...

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Brand new “Get It Right” by Diplo and MØ Is a must listen

Source: All Things Go

As I type this with excitement, Diplo and MØ have rejoined forces on a new track titled “Get It Right”. These two together are absolute musical dynamite. It’s even known that Diplo is a huge proponent of MØ and loves to collab with her. This marks the sixth collaboration between the two of them and […]

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Blackberry Smoke Burns Through Hell’s Kitchen

Source: New York Music Daily

The song that drew the most powerful response at Blackberry Smoke’s show last night was Waiting for the Thunder, the snidely apocalyptic anthem that opens their latest album Like an Arrow. “Why do we stand by and do nothing while they piss it all away?” drawled frontman/lead guitarist Charlie Starr.

He was referring to those “with the power and the glory” who “get more than they deserve.” A little later, he and guitarist Paul Jackson took a sarcastic twin solo that referenced a cheesy Aerosmith hit from the 70s as bass player Rchard Turner made a slinky upward climb, ...

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One of the Year’s Best Triplebills at Drom Last Friday Night

Source: New York Music Daily

“We don’t play with horns that much,” Big Lazy frontman/guitarist Steve Ulrich told the crowd late during their show headlining one of the year’s best triplebills at Drom Friday night. “Horns are,” he paused – and then resumed with just a flash of a menacing grin – ”Evil.” Then guest trumpeter Brian Carpenter and trombonist Curtis Hasselbring added a surreal acidity to the slow, ominous sway of a brand-new, ominously resonant film noir theme, Bluish.

“I wrote those harmonies to be as dissonant as possible,” Ulrich confided after the show. Which is ironic considering how little dissonance there actually is ...

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Eugene O’Neill and Meredith Monk, in BAM’s New Season

Source: New York Times » Music

Among the highlights of the winter-spring season is a production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” starring Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons.

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Cherry Glazerr Kicks Things Off For Slowdive, This Wednesday at UT

Source: Philthy Mag

So, I’m guessing some of you are unhappy about not being in the bought-tickets-ahead-of-time club for shoegaze legends’ Slowdive’s first area appearance in around two decades this Wednesday, 11/15, at Union Transfer.  However, fans of the latest generation of musical badassery (whether you made it into the show or not), should be happy that hyper-groovy garage rockers Cherry Glazerr will get to play to another big Philadelphia crowd, when they open the sold out show at the 1,300-capacity venue (Earlier this year they headlined PhilaMOCA and last year they played both the Made in America Festival and an opening set ...

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Gato Libre Bring Their Rapturously Pensive Accordion Jazz to Gowanus

Source: New York Music Daily

Gato Libre began life as a quartet making pensive, often plaintively tuneful jazz out of Japanese folk themes. As the Spanish name implies, a Romany influence appears frequently throughout their work. The nucleus of the group is the most formidable husband-wife team in jazz since Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln.

The astonishingly consistent and prolific pianist Satoko Fujii plays accordion with her husband Natsuki Tamura, the shogun of extended-technique trumpet. Originally a four-piece, they tragically lost their bass player in the months after 3/11 and are now a trio with trombonist Yasuko Kaneko. Their new album, Neko (not a homage ...

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A Potentially Paradigm-Shifting Series of Women Performers at the New School

Source: New York Music Daily

In conversation with the audience and performers at her potentially paradigm-shifting new series Women Between Arts at the New School yesterday, singer/actress/impresario Luisa Muhr contemplated the complexities of branding interdisciplinary works. How do you market something that resists easy categorization? Maybe by calling it what it is: outside the box. Considering the turnout, there definitely is an audience for what might be the only interdisciplinary series focusing on women performers whose work encompasses so many different idioms in New York right now.

When Muhr springboarded the project, she’d assumed that Women Between Arts would be one of at least five ...

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