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The 2018 Oscars Musical Performers Include Mary J. Blige and Common

Source: New York Times » Music

The broadcast, on March 4, will feature five musical numbers, including “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

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Encounters: The Show Goes On for Arrested ‘Housewife’ Luann de Lesseps

Source: New York Times » Music

After an incident in Palm Beach, Fla., the countess is working on her sobriety, revising her cabaret show and preparing for a likely Season 10 on Bravo.

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Amy Rigby Can Write Anything – Even Psychedelic Rock

Source: New York Music Daily

On one hand, Amy Rigby might be the last person you’d expect to make a psychedelic rock record. On the other, she’s been fluent in an amazing number of styles – honkytonk, classic Brill Building pop, countrypolitan and garage rock, among others – for so long that her new album The Old Guys shouldn’t come as any surprise. While the presence of her husband Wreckless Eric – a guy who knows a thing or two about psychedelia – probably makes a difference, Rigby doesn’t need outside help. She’s playing the album release show, kicking off her latest American tour at ...

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Amy Rigby Can Write Anything – Even Psychedelic Rock

Source: New York Music Daily

On one hand, Amy Rigby might be the last person you’d expect to make a psychedelic rock record. On the other, she’s been fluent in an amazing number of styles – honkytonk, classic Brill Building pop, countrypolitan and garage rock, among others – for so long that her new album The Old Guys shouldn’t come as any surprise. While the presence of her husband Wreckless Eric – a guy who knows a thing or two about psychedelia – probably makes a difference, Rigby doesn’t need outside help. She’s playing the album release show, kicking off her latest American tour at ...

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A Fearless, Passionate, Revelatory Solo Performance by Pianist Remi Geniet

Source: New York Music Daily

Playing earlier today at the Morgan Library, pianist Remi Geniet found striking common ground in a Bach chaconne, a Beethoven sonata and a twisted trio of pieces from Prokofiev’s Petrouchka. But Geniet’s agenda, on a program staged by Young Concert Artists, seemed to be a lot more ambitious than merely assembling context to highlight how amazingly modern Bach’s harmonies could be. This show was all about contrasts… and conversations. Not simply one hand answering the other, but an intimately intense study in how composers alternate voices and develop dialogues – or, in the case of Prokofiev, eventually let a ...

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Tasty Psychedelic Tropicalia and a Union Pool Album Release Show by Renata Zeiguer

Source: New York Music Daily

Renata Zeiguer sings in a balmy, dreamy high soprano and writes tropical psychedelic rock songs that often slink their way toward the noir edges of soul music. Yet as Lynchian as the guitar textures can be, her music isn’t gloomy – if there’s such a thing as happy noir, it’s her sound. And her new album, Old Ghost – streaming at Bandcamp – sounds like she had a great time making it. She’s playing the release show this Feb 23 at 11 PM at Union Pool; cover is $12.

“You’ve got a grip on consolation, a heavenly whip, I know,” ...

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Prolific Britrock Polymath Edward Rogers’ Latest Album Is His Best Ever

Source: New York Music Daily

In 1976, the face of the next decade, if not the decades after was profoundly altered by the UK punk rock explosion. But does anybody remember what the bestselling UK album of 1976 was? It sure wasn’t by the Sex Pistols. And it wasn’t by David Bowie, or Pink Floyd, or Led Zeppelin either. It was a compilation by Americana hack Slim Whitman sold exclusively via tv infomercial. That paradox capsulizes the thought-provoking, sweepingly elegaic esthetic of Edward Rogers’ latest album TV Generation, streaming at Soundcloud. The epic fourteen-track collection chronicles the grim decline of a society that ...

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‘Black Panther’ Is No. 1 on the Album Charts, Too

Source: New York Times » Music

The superhero film has broken box office records, and now its soundtrack, featuring Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and SZA, has opened in the top spot.

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A Dynamic, Riveting Performance by One of the World’s Great Organists

Source: New York Music Daily

About midway through the concert this past evening at St. Ignatius of Loyola, a sad, rustic Celtic air wafted from the organ console. For fans of Irish folk tunes – many of whom were in the audience – it was a familiar and probably comforting sound. But others were taken by surprise, notwithstanding that the piece was on the program. After all, it’s not every day that you can hear the plaintive microtones and otherworldly drones of uilleann pipes at a performance of classical organ music.

And it wasn’t organist Renee Anne Louprette who was playing those particular pipes. It ...

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A Lavish, Ambitiously Orchestrated Twinbill at Symphony Space Last Night

Source: New York Music Daily

“How many of you have been to a classical concert before?” Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner asked the packed house at Symphony Space last night. From the response, it didn’t appear that many had. Which makes sense if you consider that the average age at the big Manhattan classical halls is 65. But what Wasner’s band were playing, bolstered by the Metropolis Ensemble and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, wasn’t the kind of classical you’d typically hear at those venues. It was a brand new kind of music: epic post-minimalist sweep matched to rock edge and attack.

Wasner spoke ...

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Laurie Anderson at the Town Hall: Perennially Relevant and Hilarious

Source: New York Music Daily

Mohammed el Gharani was a teenager when he was captured by Pakistani bandits and then sold to Bush-era army troops for five thousand dollars. His case mirrors many if not all of the prisoners in the American Guantanamo gulag. In 2013, Laurie Anderson beamed his image onto a mammoth, Lincoln Memorial-esque setting at the Park Avenue Armory.

Beyond the complications of a live projection from Chad, where el Gharani returned after Reprieve.org worked to secure his release from prison, what Anderson remembered most vividly from the installation was how audiences reacted. She recounts the story in her new book All ...

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An Organ — and Soon Another — Lands on Broadway

Source: New York Times » Music

As Trinity Wall Street prepares to welcome a new (if used) instrument to St. Paul’s Chapel, it is announcing a brand-new organ for Trinity Church.

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Quit sleepin’ on our “nasty boys”: Philly’s CERAMIC ANIMAL breaking out in 2018

Source: Rock On Philly

Photo courtesy of Andrew Herman

Those who follow the Philly music scene closely have probably heard of Doylestown psych rock outfit Ceramic Animal. And soon…very soon… so will everyone else.

For a few years now the suit-clad foursome known as Ceramic Animal has been kicking around Philly and New York City. These self-proclaimed “couple a nasty boys” look anything but–in their signature matching three-piece-suits-and-ties. But it’s far from a gimmick. From where I sit these guys just might have what it takes.

Here is why I’m betting on these boys to have a breakout 2018:

They are polished, and ...

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A Characteristically Creepy New Album From the Great Kotorino

Source: New York Music Daily

You could make a very strong case that Kotorino are the best New York band of the last ten years. Combining circus rock and latin noir, with frequent detours into gothic Americana, their sound grew more lavishly orchestrated as the group expanded. Their new album Sea Monster, streaming at Bandcamp, brings the band full circle to their earliest years in quietly uneasy parlor rock, a vehicle for frontman/guitarist Jeff Morris’ allusively grim narratives. Kotorino don’t have any shows coming up, but Charming Disaster – Morris and singer/uke player Ellia Bisker’s devilish murder ballad side project – are playing Pine ...

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A Rewarding, Revelatory Visit to Nancy Garniez’s Upper West Side Piano Salon

Source: New York Music Daily

About four times a month, sometimes more frequently, pianist Nancy Garniez hosts a salon in an Upper West Side studio about three minutes from the train. She’s been doing this for the better part of ten years. Like Pauline Oliveros, Garniez devotes this delightfully informal series to deep listening, Her playing, and her repertoire, take into account the that an audience is always an intrinsic part of the performance. That, and her (some would say quixotic) understanding of how the physics of sound applies to the mechanics of the piano.

Asked how the series was going lately, Garniez said earlier ...

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The Carpetbagger: The Agony, Absurdity and Ecstasy of the Oscar for Best Song

Source: New York Times » Music

The first-time nominees Sufjan Stevens and Mary J. Blige join repeat nominees in a category that has always been a mash-up of hits, snoozers and misfires.

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