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Mdou Moctar Brings His Mysterious Saharan Duskcore Sound to Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

The Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd St. has become as fertile a breeding ground for paradigm-shifting musical collaborations as any other venue in New York. Booking is as eclectic as it gets: with the exception of autotuned corporate schlock, there doesn’t seem to be any style of music that’s off limits here. If the longterm plan is to build a new customer base that draws pretty equally on every demographic, nationality and neighborhood in this city, Lincoln Center’s going to be mighty busy over the next several years. For that reason, this blog’s sister site ...

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Charanga America Provide Some Uplift in a Dark Time For Puerto Ricans

Source: New York Music Daily

A full house was already on their feet and dancing as golden-age 60s and 70s charanga music played over the PA at Lincoln Center this past evening. Their monthly Friday night Vaya 63 dance party series at the atrium space just south of 63rd Street has become a New York institution and draws major players from across the decades. Charanga America, based in the Bronx since their beginnings in the late 60s, were the latest to get a multigenerational ocean of bodies slinking and twirling, a rare appearance by a band who still enjoy a big fan base.

In the ...

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Celebrating a Tragic, Iconoclastic Hungarian Hero at the National Arts Club

Source: New York Music Daily

Wouldn’t you wash your hands after you touched a corpse? Hospital physicians at Vienna’s Algelemine Krankenhaus didn’t. From a 21st century perspective, the results were predictably catastrophic.

Ray Lustig’s grim, powerfully resonant song cycle Semmelweis,  which premiered on September 11 at the National Arts Club, begins in 1848, One of Europe’s deadliest outbreaks of puerperal fever is killing one in ten new mothers at the hospital. Hungarian-born obstetrician Ignac Semmelweis is at a loss to explain it.

Semmelweis was a tragic hero in the purest sense of the word. Decades before Louis Pasteur, Semmelweis discovered the bacterial ...

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Paraguayan Harpist Silvio Solis Leads a Classy Multi-Stringed Ensemble in His Lincoln Center Debut

Source: New York Music Daily

Paraguyan-born harpist Silvio Solis made his Lincoln Center debut this past evening leading an acoustic guitar ensemble and playing his own innovative take on traditional music from his home turf…on the harp that he’d built for himself. Lincoln Center impresario Viviana Benitez grinned and told the crowd that it they ever needed one custom-made, he’s the man to talk to, “A master of his instrument in every way, shape and form.” She wasn’t kidding.

The music brought to mind the drama of mariachi, and the sweep of Mexican rancheras, but in this group’s hands both the songs and instrumentals in ...

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A Wickedly Catchy Weekend Show by the Mysterious Melissa & the Mannequins

Source: New York Music Daily

Melissa & the Mannequins are New York’s most exciting new band. There’s very little about them on the web. The only one of their songs that’s made it online so far is Slip Away, the gorgeously bittersweet, propulsively jangly number they closed their deliciously catchy set with at Long Island City Bar over the Labor Day weekend. They’ve been around for about  a year, tops. Quietly and steadily, they’ve put what’s obviously been an enormous amount of work into this band, equal to their formidable chops. Up-and-coming rock acts seldom have as much command of their instruments, let alone ...

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Skating Polly, Opening Things up for X, This Friday at Underground Arts

Source: Philthy Mag

So, word on the street (and, actually, also from a few quite credible, inside sources) is that X’s show this Friday, September 22nd, at Underground Arts (part of their 40th Anniversary tour) is just about sold out… So if you wanna chance to congratulate Exene, John, and crew on their fourth decade in the business, you should prob get on that shit… However, if you plan on making it out to the mega-sized-yet-still-very-basement-punk-show, I would recommend showing up a little earlier than most like to make their presence known on Friday nights, as openers Skating Polly, who take the stage ...

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80s Psychedelic Rock Cult Hero Russ Tolman at the Top of His Uneasy Game at Pete’s Last Week

Source: New York Music Daily

It feels so good to be alive.

That’s the punchline of a song called Shot You Down. In context, it’s one of the most vengefully delicious lyrics ever written. It’s arguably the best track on True West’s 1982 cult classic Drifters album. In his Pete’s Candy Store debut Thursday night, such that it was, True West bandleader Russ Tolman didn’t play that one. But he did play Hollywood Holiday. That’s the title track of the group’s first ep, a snarling mashup of post-Velvets rock, Americana and psychedelia.

The music media at the time called that stuff “paisley underground.” It’s a ...

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Rider Talks Relationships, Horses, And Her Future

Source: Rock On Philly

Rider is the next rising pop star. The American-born, London-residing songwriter came up as an studio singer recording for commercials and jingles before she released her debut single, “A Little Light”, earlier this year.

Rock On Philly sat down with Rider to discuss the story behind “A Little Light”, and speaking about Rider’s next steps as an artist. Read the full interview after the jump!

Rock On Philly: Have you ever been to Philly before?

Rider: I’ve never been to Philadelphia! But I was born in Bryn Mawr.

ROP: I’d like to hear you explain the story behind “A Little ...

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A Diverse, Smartly Lyrical New Album and a Fort Greene Release Show From Karen & the Sorrows

Source: New York Music Daily

Karen & the Sorrows are one of New York’s most most individualistic Americana bands. For those who might think that’s like being the best cumbia band in Iceland, keep in mind that Americana, hip-hop and reggaeton are this city’s default styles of music right now. The band’s brooding first album traced the narrative of a ghost story from lead guitarist Elana Redfield’s native New Hampshire. Their new one, The Narrow Place – streaming at their music page – also covers a lot of dark territory, but it’s a lot more eclectic. It’s inspiring to see how much the group has ...

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Darkness and Revelry in Equal Measure in Tomas Fujiwara’s Brilliant New Triple Double Album

Source: New York Music Daily

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s music is all about creating a mood, and narratives, and destinations, and all the fun a band can have with interplay and conversations and occasional jousting on the way there. For all of those reasons, he’s one of the busiest guys in jazz. The musicianship on his new album Triple Double – soon to be streaming at Bandcamp – is as deep as his address book. Just the fact that he’s got two of the most ferocious guitarists on the planet, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook sparring with each other makes this a must-own for fans ...

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Entertainment and Formidable Piano Chops at an Unexpectedly Contemplative Spot with Champian Fulton

Source: New York Music Daily

Champian Fulton brings a rare blend of daunting piano and vocal chops and to the final nights of her indian summer Radegast Hall residency this Sept 18 at 8 PM. She’s also here on the 25th. Either way, it’s Monday, and it’s professional night, and while you might not expect people to come to listen, they do. Remember, every bar on a Monday could be the best bar in town.

Fulton’s latest album is The Things We Did Last Summer, a collaboration with suave tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton recorded live onstage in Spain last year and streaming at Spotify. ...

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Smart, Innovative, Unpredictably Brilliant Newgrass Guitarist Jon Stickley and His Trio Hit Williamsburg This Weekend

Source: New York Music Daily

Guitarist Jon Stickley gets major props for his daunting chops, mashing up bluegrass with jazz, Romany and south-of-the-border sounds. His instrumentals follow unexpected tangents through all those styles and more, with a bright, cinematic effect. He and his trio’s 2016 ep, Triangular is streaming at Bandcamp, and they’re playing the Knitting Factory on Sept 17 on a strange but solid triplebill. Skronky Chicago guitar improvisers Tacoma Narrows open the night at 8, followed by Stickley and then Minneapolis newgrassers the Last Revel headlining at 10: $12 adv tix are available.

The album’s opening track, Blackburn Brothers gives you ...

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Hardwork Movement: Doing It For The People

Source: Jump Philly

The hardworking guys and gals of Hardwork Movement continue to shine and grind. It’s been a busy summer for this hip-hop super-band. They rocked the stages at festivals like Firefly and the XPoNential Music Fest, opened for a few guys in a rap group called “Wu-Tang” and was a part of the Spruce Street Harbor […]Hardwork Movement: Doing It For The People

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This Year’s Noguchi Museum Concert Series Winds Up With Enchantingly Hypnotic, Vivid Indian Music

Source: New York Music Daily

Sunday afternoon at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu coiled and spun and wound their way through an intricate, cinematic, constantly shifting series of themes anchored in thousands of years of Indian classical music. Both violinists have formidable chops to match the eclectic range of their compositions. Without watching closely, it was often impossible to tell who was playing what, their harmonies were so seamless. Supposedly, couples grow to resemble each other, and while there’s no mistaking her for him, their styles are similar. Ramamurthy is probably the more likely of the two to ...

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Mount Holly Returns to Milkboy Philly to Play New Material

Source: Rock On Philly

Photo credit to Jacopo Lorenzini

Fans of the blues rock band Mount Holly can finally hear material from the band’s upcoming debut record Stride by Stride when they return to Milkboy Philly this Saturday!

“It’s been a long journey to here,” guitarist Nick Perri says regarding their latest “Off The Record” tour and album. “[Stride by Stride is a] record filled with soul and great songs. I think it’s among the best work of my career to date. It’s honest and it rocks and it has depth and some deeper layers then I think people are expecting from a rock ...

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Vocal Sensation Camille Bertault Brings Her Wit and Eclectic Chops to the Jazz Standard

Source: New York Music Daily

Conservatory-trained as a pianist, Camille Bertault became a social media sensation a couple of years ago for her vocal versions of classic jazz solos. It turns out that she’s not only an inventive singer but a clever, playful songwriter as well. The title of her debut album En Vie – streaming at her music page – is a pun which translates essentially as ‘lust for life.” Although she can do all sorts of things with her voice, Bertault sing with restraint and a sharp sense of irony here: she doesn’t overemote and lets the lyrics speak for themselves. She and ...

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Books of The Times: In ‘Liner Notes,’ Loudon Wainwright Looks Squarely at His Flaws and His Musical Family Tree

Source: New York Times » Music

The folk singer — ex-husband of Kate McGarrigle and father of Rufus Wainwright, among his other connections — does not go easy on himself in this memoir.

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Singer Sara Serpa’s New Multimedia Project Examines the Aftereffects of Imperialism

Source: New York Music Daily

Sara Serpa is one of the most haunting singers in any style of music. She got her big break collaborating with iconic noir pianist Ran Blake – their  20110 album Camera Obscura is a masterpiece of menacing nocturnal music across all genres. Since then, her work has encompassed her own cinematic, often lush compositions, her role in John Zorn’s otherworldly Mycale chorale and an endless series of rewarding new projects and collaborations: there’s a restlessness in most everything she does. Her latest project was springboarded when she discovered a family archive of material relating to her native Portugal and its ...

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Road Trip: On the Path of Chuck Berry’s ‘Promised Land,’ Five Decades On

Source: New York Times » Music

The musician’s 1964 hit chronicles the African-American experience in the 20th century. We followed Mr. Berry’s lyrical route to see what had changed.

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80s Psychedelic Guitar Legend Russ Tolman Makes a Rare Stop in Brooklyn

Source: New York Music Daily

Russ Tolman was the leader of one of the 80s’ most legendary guitar bands, True West. Though never as famous as their pals the Dream Syndicate – Tolman and Steve Wynn were in the equally legendary Suspects, and Wynn contributed some gloriously savage lead guitar to True West’s cover of Pink Floyd’s Lucifer Sam – Tolman’s songwriting was no less brilliant. And True West were every bit as incendiary live, fellow Telecaster player Richard McGrath dueling it out onstage with Tolman night after night. The band’s first two albums, Hollywood Holiday and Drifters are iconic: with its brooding layers ...

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