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SHOW REVIEW: GoGo Penguin Packs LPR With Jazztronica Soundscapes

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The stage was set up more or less how Bill Evans Trio would have been 50 years ago: grand piano on the left, bass in the middle, drums on the right. There were probably a number of room in the city set up a very similar way last night, but nothing sounded like GoGo Penguin did. That’s a guarantee, because while the band looks like a traditional jazz trio, their compositions have more in common with their fellow brits like Bonobo, Burial, or …

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Suwannee Hulaween Announces 2016 Lineup: My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, STS9, Umphrey’s +more Join String Cheese Incident

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Suwannee Hulaween has announced the lineup for their fourth annual festival, and it appears to be the greatest roster yet! The String Cheese Incident’s annual throw-down at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park has grown quickly into one of the premier festivals in the country, and this year they’ve come correct with an exciting programming of the festival circuit’s best. The String Cheese Incident will, of course, play three nights as they do each year, playing host with their one-of-a-kind blend …

Chris TartSuwannee Hulaween Announces 2016 Lineup: My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, STS9, Umphrey’s +more Join String Cheese Incident
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SHOW REVIEW: Avishai Cohen Brings ‘Into The Silence’ to Life at Jazz Standard

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The Avishai Cohen Quartet played music from their most recent LP Into The Silence at New York City’s Jazz Standard last night. The supper club was treated to modal jazz tunes that are mindfully abstract in composition, but beautifully communicated via the Quartet. ECM released the record in February of this year, amidst the heart of winter’s cold, a fitting time for such an attentive project. Cohen, who was born in Tel-Aviv, is younger than maybe your average Jazz Standard bandleader, but his charisma and control …

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AFROPUNK Announces 2016 Lineup: Flying Lotus, Ice Cube, Tyler The Creator, Bad Brains/Fishbone/Living Colour Superjam +more

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AFROPUNK, the documentary-turned-music-festival, will return to Brooklyn, NY this summer with one epic lineup. You have your rap: Ice Cube, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Shabazz Palaces. Your fire beats and serious soul: Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Sango, Esta, The Internet, Janelle Monae, CeeLo Green. Some Aggro vibes: a Bad Brains/Fishbone/Living Colour Superjam, Trash Talk. And fucking George Clinton too. This year’s installment should not be missed. AFROPUNK comes along with a strong dose of activism, and the festival is always representing a socio-political …

Chris TartAFROPUNK Announces 2016 Lineup: Flying Lotus, Ice Cube, Tyler The Creator, Bad Brains/Fishbone/Living Colour Superjam +more
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SHOW REVIEW: Colin Stetson Brings Górecki Back to Life with Breathtaking ‘SORROW’ Performance

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Image via @thehouseofdis on Instagram Colin Stetson recently undertook the task of reimagining Henryk Górecki’s popular Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). The result is nothing short of phenomenal: a mix of classical music with exaggerated heavy parts and a favoring on low-end brass instruments. Last night, Stetson brought his thirteen-piece ensemble to Le Poisson Rouge to showcase the symphony to a room full of serious music lovers. The three-part symphony runs about an hour, and last night’s performance stayed true …

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SHOW REVIEW: Domino Labelmates Alex G, Porches, and Your Friend Rock Music Hall of Williamsburg

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A handful of Domino artists touched down in New York City last night for the first of two shows. Porches, Alex G, and Your Friend each brought their unique style to Music Hall of Williamsburg for a sold out show on Wednesday night, with a tour-ending gig at Bowery Ballroom taking place tomorrow evening. Your Friend was first up, kicking off the show with her beautiful melodies. She set the stage nicely for the early patrons as she laid down the …

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SHOW REVIEW: Mobb Deep Enlists Phony PPL And Plays ‘The Infamous’ Front to Back at Blue Note Jazz Club

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Image via @mjb28a on Instagram Mobb Deep’s The Infamous is one of the greatest hip hop records ever made. The Queens duo crafted an absolutely masterpiece as they blended self-produced, dark beats with the story of life in the Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing development in the country. There was nothing glorious about the story they had to tell, one of drugs, violence, reckless living, and disregard for fellow man, but as Prodigy said last night, you can learn a little something …

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SHOW REVIEW: Marcus Strickland Celebrates ‘Nihil Novi’ Release at LPR

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Saxophonist Marcus Strickland is gearing up to release his new album Nihil Novi this Friday on the Revive Music imprint on Blue Note Records. Last night, the saxophone player got his band of friends together to celebrate the release and give us a sneak peak of the album’s material. Amongst Strickland’s friends were Keyon Harrold (trumpet), Masayuki Bigyuki Hirano (keys), Mitch Henry (keys), Kyle Miles (bass), and Charles Haynes (drums). To make the sound even sweeter, the band was joined at times by very special guests Jean Baylor (on …

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BEAR CREEK IS BACK WITH A NEW HOME

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BEAR CREEK IS BACK! The Bear Creek crew has taken up a new home in New Orleans. Being Bear Creek veterans, this sounds like the perfect fit for the festival. Funk music and legal drinking in the streets are a great combo. The fest has added a little flare to it’s name in order to transition to it’s new identity. “Bear Creek Bayou” is the new official name. It will still have that same Bear Creek family feel though. Full …

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MindSpring Festival Preview: 2 Nights of Fun in St. Augustine [April 15-16]

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Florida has been providing a lot of good live music lately. St. Augustine particularly has been hosting it’s fair share of fun events. MindSpring Music Festival will be held this weekend at the St. John’s County Fairgrounds in St. Augustine, FL. The festival is offering 2 days of diverse music. Over 60 bands and MCs so there will be no shortage of options throughout the day. It’s interesting to see bands like Passafire, Soliloquist of Sound, and Archnemesis all playing the same …

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Sunfest 2016 Preview: 5 Songs We Want to Hear

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SunFest has become one of those Floridian staples we don’t miss out on. Live music, food, and art all congregate along the waterfront in West Palm Beach, FL for a solid 5 days. All ages and musical tastes come together for a waterfront party that offers a good quality Florida experience. There is also an awesome firework show at the end of the weekend! The 2016 lineup has a little bit of everything which can make it difficult to decide …

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7 Gifs That Describe Fool’s Paradise Festival

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We were honored to take part in the first ever Fool’s Paradise festival in St. Augustine, FL on April Fool’s Day. This was the first ever Lettuce festival and definitely not the last. Amazing people, funky music, and Florida weather were all key factors in making the weekend a huge success. Here are 7 gifs that capture the spirit of the weekend. Can’t wait for next year! Enjoy! Check out our full photo album here: DubEra Fools Photos     …

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SHOW REVIEW: The Bad Plus Amidst a Residency at the Jazz Standard

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Image via flowersinagun.com Sixteen years down the line, quirky jazz trio The Bad Plus are still the best at what they do: a mix of free jazz and pop/rock that tickles the listener with virtuosic playing. Amidst a five-night residency at New York City’s Jazz Standard, the trio are trying out new material presumably for an upcoming release of cover tunes. Last night, they mixed some of those “fresh baked cookies,” as bassist Reid Anderson put it, along with originals to …

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Dave Harrington Group Releasing New LP ‘Become Alive,’ Celebrating in Brooklyn

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Dave Harrington, the mastermind guitarist from Darkside, is about to release a new album, Become Alive. Billed as the Dave Harrington Group, the Brooklynite and his friends got together and recorded a number of improvisational pieces that Harrington reworked into the album. Check out how he details the creating of Become Alive in his own words: This record is the result of improvising with different combinations of people, and then processing and re-sculpting those improvisations—isolating passages, turning them into something new, overdubbing …

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SHOW REVIEW: Pharoah Sanders Delivers Passionate, Dynamic Sets at the Legendary Birdland

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Image via Tempo Music Pics Amidst a renaissance of spiritual jazz, Pharoah Sanders brought his tenor saxophone to the legendary Birdland jazz club in New York City to play a mix of expected classics and passionate surprises. Over the course of two sets on Wednesday night, Sanders and his quartet showcased the top-tier musicianship that has garnered such acclaim for the past five decades. Both sets ran about 90 minutes, with the first one utilizing classics like “Thembi” and Coltrane’s “Naima” to energize …

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Colin Stetson Prepares SORROW Symphony & Its North American Live Debut in NYC

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Colin Stetson, who has lent his saxophone expertise to indie royalty like Arcade Fire, Animal Collective and Bon Iver, is prepping the release of his newest project, SORROW, a reimagining of the 1977 composition by Polish composer Henryk Górecki (go-RET-skee). The record, which was recorded in Brooklyn, is streaming now on WNYC. Stetson will support the release by performing the symphony live in concert with a massive cast of musicians. With only two shows currently on the books, we’re highly anticipating the New York City show …

Chris TartColin Stetson Prepares SORROW Symphony & Its North American Live Debut in NYC