Music

A Happy Marriage: American Jazz Meets Shona Dance Music

In Zimbabwe, where artists and activists say that ordinary aspects of daily life have been eclipsed by divisive politics, Max Wild's collaboration with Sam Mtukudzi may come across as a bold statement.

Jack Smith, Les Evening Gowns Damnées and Silent Shadows on Cinemaroc Island (Table of the Elements, 1997)

It’s the summer of 1962. Jack Smith is sprawled languidly among the thread-worn pillows in his low-rent apartment at 56 Ludlow Street in Manhattan, entertaining his friends Tony Conrad and Mario Montez.

Indie Americana

More experimental than traditional, a number of recent releases have little in common except the wide-open spaces and haunted universes conveyed within.

Recession Special: The Roots Alter the Job‑Space Continuum

Any musician slogging through endless months of touring knows that even if they’re playing exactly the music they want, what they’re doing is a job.

Outtakes

Many years ago I asked a famous New York Times critic and a well-known jazz musician for advice on what I should do if I decided to write what passed for criticism.

Ninjasonik Hits the Road (with Fellow Brooklyn Rockers Japanther)

It’s freezing and windy outside once again, but tonight Ninjasonik is playing a local show before going on a nationwide tour, so despite the cold it’s reason enough to leave the house.

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MAY 2009

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