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Finding their voice, at The Inspired Word open mic

Finding their voice, at The Inspired Word open mic

Pop-folk musicians Orlando and Elia, at Bareburger. PHOTO BY MICHAEL LYDON BY MICHAEL LYDON |  To open mic or not to open mic? That’s a question that rookie (and even veteran) performers often ponder. The pros: a chance to grab five priceless minutes of stage time, if you’re gig-less Tuesday night. The cons: riding two […]

Jazz-tinged pop, funked-out rock and a few divine basslines

Jazz-tinged pop, funked-out rock and a few divine basslines

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Halfway through the title track to his new album, “Hereafter,” Sean Sullivan imagines himself in the afterlife, taking a scat solo in the presence of God. “Is that OK Lord?” Sullivan asks of the biblical creator, who is apparently playing bass in a band led by Moses, which also features Jesus […]

The shape of jazz to come

The shape of jazz to come

Sound and “Motion,” signifying talent: Melissa Aldana, Tivon Pennicott and Godwin Louis (L to R) are the next faces of jazz. COMPOSITE BY LUCIANO CROSSA BY SAM SPOKONY |  In an era of club drug dubstep and tongue-out twerking, there are few better ways to spend your time, or your money, than by supporting young […]

Here he is, Mr. Lower East Side

Here he is, Mr. Lower East Side

Matthew Silver: Your Mr. Lower East Side, 2014 (center, flanked by Faceboy on the right). PHOTO BY WALTER WLODARCZYK BY REV. JEN  (rev-jen.com)  |  Fifteen years ago, I noticed a disturbing trend in the world of Downtown performance art: lots of female nudity and almost no male nudity. Boobs were flappin’ in the breeze on […]

Have yourself a darkly odd Christmas

Have yourself a darkly odd Christmas

Laurel and Hardy, in the sweet but unsettling “Babes in Toyland.” HAL ROACH STUDIOS BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  Christmas is usually associated with brightness:  the North Star over Bethlehem, the lights on a Christmas tree, the whiteness of snow, the silver of tinsel. Fairy tales, on the other hand, are notoriously dark, with their […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

Firewalkers: The Pink Room returns on Oct. 30, with another David Lynch-themed night of burlesque.   THE PINK ROOM: DAVID LYNCH BURLESQUE Recent Internet whispers of a new network (or Netflix) life for the still-influential David Lynch/Mark Frost TV series “Twin Peaks” proved to be little more than wishful thinking. The good news? The next best […]

A good guitar is a work of art

A good guitar is a work of art

Axe fanatic Lydon, on what strums his strings  BY MICHAEL LYDON (michaelydon.com) | Guitar players are all a little nuts — I know, I’m one myself. We love our axes, as we call them, and we’re proud of their history that stretches back to the cithara of ancient Greece. We dream of the day when we’ll wow […]

Steely Dan delivers ‘The original classic thing’

Steely Dan delivers ‘The original classic thing’

Photo by Danny Clinch A repeat that’s not offensive: Steely Dan returns to the Beacon, beginning on Sept. 30, with greatest hits and entire albums. Seven-night gig’s ‘more of the same’ hardly seems like enough BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  They haven’t given us any new studio tracks since 2003’s “Everything Must Go” — but the […]

Saviors of Pop

Saviors of Pop

Contemporary artists distill viral rhythms that make you hum BY VONYX (soundcloud.com/mikawvawn) | I have a personal battle with pop music — more specifically, the radio pop of today. There were eras, many years ago, when pop music was deliciously corny and filtered from folk songs and other elements of our unique American musical traditions. Not […]

Tune in, Turn up, Drop Beats

Tune in, Turn up, Drop Beats

Photo courtesy of The Windish Agency Rinsed has given Jacques Greene an opulent to his (new) New York home. Vikings of electronic music BY VONYX   (soundcloud.com/mikawvawn)  |  Growing up, two Norwegian twins lived down my street — Magnus and Thomas. I remember walking over to their highly organized house, hanging out with blondie and his […]

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