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Calendar, Night&Day Sweet and Saur

Sweet and Saur

Klezmer party music has been surprising hipsters around here for the past couple of years — it's so … cool, in a way that traditional music traditionally is not. Biggish-band klezmer jazz sounds such as those made by Zoyres Eastern…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Kronos Quartet

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet's 4 Fences @ Z SpaceIt's no stretch to call the Kronos Quartet iconic; the string foursome's very name has become shorthand for visionary, genre-blind exploration. And rightly so. Its lineup changing ever so gradually over the past 38…
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Music, Hear This Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas

From his thrilling jousts with avant-garde bad boy John Zorn in Masada to his more accessible compositions for numerous award-winning solo projects, NYC trumpeter Dave Douglas bridges the chasm between mainstream and underground jazz like few other contemporary bandleaders. His…
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Music, Hear This Free-Jazz Punishment

Free-Jazz Punishment

Over the past decade, Italian power trio Zu has refined its brutal mix of slide-rule hardcore and noisy free-jazz skronk into a terrifying onslaught. With echoes of Lightning Bolt and John Zorn's Naked City, baritone saxophonist Luca T. Mai, electric…
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Music, John Zorn’s wild imagination takes root at Yoshi’s

John Zorn’s wild imagination takes root at Yoshi’s

Avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn has been the object of ecstatic praise and furious outrage, much like his iconoclastic forebears Igor Stravinsky and Ornette Coleman. With his omnivorous approach to music — drawing on everything from classical, free jazz,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Gift of Admission

The Gift of Admission

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s free Family Day on Christmas brings up an interesting question: What constitutes a family? Are you and your bus pass a family? Today you are! But the museum is also hoping for actual little ones and…
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Music, Reviewed Subtle

Subtle

If there's justice in the world, Subtle frontman Doseone will someday win a MacArthur Genius Grant. John Zorn won one this year; so did some guy who studies combinatorics, whatever those are. They seem to award the things to folks…
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Music, Unquiet Riot

Unquiet Riot

Youngblood Brass Band rocks without guitars, backspins without turntables, and features a world-wise palette of adventurous rhythms (from Cajun zydeco to Cockney drum 'n' bass) branching off its Midwest roots. The Madison, Wisconsin, act might also be the only brass…
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Music, Reviewed The Gris Gris

The Gris Gris

As much acclaim as musical witch doctor Greg Ashley received for the 2004 debut by his brainchild the Gris Gris -- even snotty, too-cool-for-school Vice magazine gave it a fawning 10 out of 10 -- the group's ambitious new release…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The beauty of Boredoms is that they're anything but. This 20-year-old experimental brainchild of madcap Japanese vocalist Yamatsuka Eye -- who earned considerable avant-garde cred early on from his work with John Zorn's Naked City -- is a veritable freak…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Reeling the Out Sound In

Reeling the Out Sound In

On any given night in art houses throughout the city, you'll find some of the 21st century's most dynamic musicians exploring unheard-of sound combinations that bend ears and spin heads. Drawing stylistic elements from jazz, classical, and countless other familiar…
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Music, Reviewed Carla Kihlstedt

Carla Kihlstedt

As a member of Tin Hat Trio, Carla Kihlstedt has charmed audiences by blending her virtuosic violin playing with an Eastern European classical sound. At the same time, she's contributed to the avant-metal crunch of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and the…
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Music, Kind of Code Blue

Kind of Code Blue

Imagine you knew someone who was critically ill and you asked his doctor if he was alive or dead. If the physician said, "That depends on what you mean by "dead,'" you might be a tad unnerved. And yet if…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Over the past decade, globally minded U.S. improvisers have embraced Eastern European folk music as their primary influence, borrowing the snaky melodies of klezmer and the back-country fire of the Balkan Gypsy traditions. New York jazz leaders such as John…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Considered a dodgy eccentric back in the early '60s, Danny Cohen would later find himself and his punk band the Charleston Grotto banned from stages in Los Angeles because his followers smeared a bathroom with shit after hearing his song…
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Calendar, Night&Day Return of the Kitman

Return of the Kitman

For almost 10 years, Scott Amendola has been quietly doing his part to hold up the drumming end of the local music scene. If you're an acid jazz fan, you've probably grooved to his rhythms at a Phil Lesh show;…
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Music, Hear This

Hear This

In terms of identity politics and fierce musicality, John Zorn's Masada was arguably one of the most vital working jazz groups of the '90s. A world-class combo of New York composer/improvisers -- trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassist Greg Cohen, drummer Joey…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell TrioDave Douglas is top dog of a new breed of jazz cats. A horn-playing paradox, he doesn't draw lines between mainstream and avant-garde. Consequently, he's gained acceptance in both camps for a vision he says falls…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The Master Musicians of Jajouka have existed as a musical entity in their small village in the foothills of Morocco's Rif Mountains for over 4,000 years. Being of an aristocratic caste, they are exempt from farm work; they are musicians…
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Ben Goldberg's Brainchild Brainchild's modus operandi is simple in theory, yet considerably difficult to execute with success. Basically, Ben Goldberg enlists about a dozen available musicians with the biggest "ears" who he thinks will be able to play sympathetically with…
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