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Music, All Shook Down Read Marc Ribot's Furious Open Letter to Steve Albini

Read Marc Ribot's Furious Open Letter to Steve Albini

The Content Creators Coalition is an artist-run, non-profit advocacy group "dedicated to economic justice in the digital domain," according to its website. The group, which has a local chapter right here in San Francisco, includes David Byrne, Tom Waits, Elvis…
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Music, All Shook Down Marc Ribot on Working With Tom Waits and Guitarists Who Play a Very Weird Saxophone

Marc Ribot on Working With Tom Waits and Guitarists Who Play a Very Weird Saxophone

One of the most versatile instrumental talents to ever emerge from New York City's downtown experimental jazz scene, guitarist Marc Ribot has established himself as a both a celebrated sideman and bandleader over the last four decades. First coming to…
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Music, Hear This Chicha Libre: Show Preview

Chicha Libre: Show Preview

Chicha Libre roughly translates as a kind of intoxicating freedom, which is precisely how this Brooklyn-based sextet approaches making music. On the band's second album, Canibalismo, its globetrotting players from Venezuela, Mexico, France, and the U.S. devour sultry grooves that…
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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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Music, Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner keeps questing.

Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner keeps questing.

There's no shortage of rock musicians trundling right past retirement age without hanging it up. They're often content to satisfy fans with rote deliveries of greatest hits that have more to do with muscle memory than with inspiration. Conversely, jazz…
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Music, Reviewed Marc Ribot, Roy Campbell, Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor

Marc Ribot, Roy Campbell, Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor

Marc Ribot is the postmodern guitarist. From crusty garage rock to graceful classical, sculpted white noise to sultry Afro-Cuban grooviness, the New York native is a master of myriad musical forms and a slave to none. But Ribot's distinction lies…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

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Given that jazz is widely acknowledged as the international language of music, it makes sense that two of the genre's top guitarists -- Bill Frisell (pictured) and Marc Ribot -- have found themselves at home in front of the globe-trotting…
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Music, Reviewed Ui

Ui

One of the few bands ever to make use of both banjo and synthesizer, New York three-piece (and sometime four-piece) Ui hit its stride in 1993, right about the time that Simon Reynolds penned his infamous article on "post-rock," coining…
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Though you won't find his name in the popular discographical guides to jazz and classical, Fred Frith has influenced countless creative players who long to push music beyond the status quo. From his groundbreaking work in the '70s British art-rock…
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Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos Marc Ribot may be the most inventive guitarist to come out of New York's fecund downtown scene in the last two decades. A learned jazz and classical player, he often reduces pop, rock, or…
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