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Rufus Wainwright

Over the rumble of kettle drums, farty blasts of trombone, and kid sis Martha's wailing — quite literally — about "fire and brimstone," Rufus Wainwright repeats a straightforward question on Release the Stars' opening number: "Do I disappoint you?" Oh,…
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It's tempting to say that the lineup for the 11th annual Eddie Moore Jazz Festival is the best one yet. After more than a decade of adventurous bookings in honor of the much-loved Bay Area drummer who once shared the…
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The House of Tudor

Twenty years ago, Tav Falco stepped onto a Memphis stage in a frockcoat, gloves, and tails. He plugged in his battered Silvertone guitar and wailed a bizarre rendering of Leadbelly's "Bourgeois Blues," at the climax of which he placed his…
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Jarboe Anhedoniac (Self-Released) In the short time since the cathartic obliteration of Swans at the beginning of this year, each of the band's two principals has issued a solo album that illustrates the visceral tug of war within the group's…
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Spanish Fly Sly and savvy, NYC trio Spanish Fly combines "high art" virtuosity with goofball aesthetics. Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Marcus Rojas (tuba), and Tronzo (guitar) each have a signature sound that gets them lots of calls for uptown gigs. Bernstein…
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Fly in the Ointment

The popular image of a tubist is of a red-faced fat boy, clad in an ill-fitting band uniform and relegated to the rear of the parade with his unwieldy charge in tow, or the odd man out in the orchestra,…
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