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Calendar, Night&Day Tropicália’s Swedish Stars

Tropicália’s Swedish Stars

It was bound to happen eventually. One day, some Brazilian musicians woke up and thought, "Hey, you know, Os Mutantes were a pretty cool band." So they threw away all their bossa nova records and their acoustic guitars and found…
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Music, Hear This Ozzy Osbourne: Famous Batshit Dad/Rock Star Storms Oakland

Ozzy Osbourne: Famous Batshit Dad/Rock Star Storms Oakland

Hear This Columbus no-fi noise-rockers Psychedelic Horseshit stumble into town on the heels of their debut full-length, Magic Flowers Droned, out on experimental stalwart Siltbreeze. An ear-scorching 31-minute slab of ramshackle beats, faux Julian Casablancas croons, and hilariously out-of-tune guitar…
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Music, Existential Samba

Existential Samba

Politically minded musicians often make public stands on specific issues, but rarely do they actually enter into the bureaucratic machinations of government. In this respect, Brazilian music icon Gilberto Gil stands out as an exception. A gifted songwriter who came…
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Cesaria Evora

Both sweet and sorrowful, the title track on Cesaria Evora's latest album attests to the Cape Verdean singer's recommitment to her roots. The languid tempo of "Voz d'Amor" ("The Voice of Love"), a minor-key ballad, underscores the tune's sad yet…
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Hear This

Possibly the most revered Brazilian musician alive, Bahian guitarist João Gilberto changed the face of modern popular music when he unveiled the "bossa nova," or new wave, back in the late 1950s. As detailed in Ruy Castro's magnificent, recently translated…
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Hear This

Afro-Peruvian vocalist Susana Baca was in New York the week of Sept. 11, 2001, recording her fifth and most impressive album, Espiritu Vivo. According to her resultant liner notes, rather than let the horror of the World Trade Center attacks…
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Caetano Veloso Singles

In 1967, after 60 years of samba, a decade of bossa nova, and 36 months of military dictatorship, Brazilian pop culture erupted with its first burst of psychedelic rock 'n' roll. A key event came when young singer Caetano Veloso…
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Arto Lindsay Prize (Righteous Babe) Arto Lindsay has always been able to evade the many descriptive tags thrown his way over the years. Calling him a noise guitarist, as he was with the avant-rock trio DNA in the late '70s,…
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Caetano Veloso Livro (Nonesuch) It's sad but true that the American pop world has no equivalent to Caetano Veloso, who is something like the Brazilian version of the Beatles (having basically invented Brazilian pop music in the late '60s with…
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New World Disorder

It was an anxious Tom Ze, guitarist, singer, and experimentalist, who took the stage in New York City's Central Park six years ago. Back then, Ze was a complete unknown in America, and not even terribly famous in his native…
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