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Conspicuous consumer. Maverick of Wonderland.
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Bent Knee - Say So (Cuneiform) Christopher Rouse - Odna Zhizn; Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4; Prospero's Rooms - New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert (Dacapo) Hilda Paredes - Señales (Mode Records) > Señales (“Homenaje a Jonathan Harvey”) - Irvine Arditti,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Night After Night
Four Tet The ticket: Pop Music Sunday, May 22, 2016 WEAKENED FRIENDS This snappy Portland, Maine, trio came in second place at this year’s Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble, earning a spot in the competition’s not-winners pantheon alongside Mission of Burma,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Night After Night
Bent Knee, by Chris Anderson Say So by Bent Knee My brief review of Say So, the much-anticipated third album by Boston prog-rock-only-not-like-that sextet Bent Knee, is live on the Globe website and out in print today, too. The band... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Night After Night
Weakened Friends The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, May 19, 2016 BENT KNEE “Say So,” the third album from this young Boston art-rock sextet, is due on Friday; one night earlier, the wise, witty, and skillful group heralds the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Night After Night
Mashrou'Leila - Ibn En Leil (Mashrou'Leila) Venom - From the Very Depths (Spinefarm) Martha Argerich - The Legendary 1965 Recording (EMI Classics) > Frederic Chopin - Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor (Op. 58); 3 Mazurkas (Op. 59); Nocturne... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Night After Night
The Kills The ticket: Pop music Sunday, May 15, 2016 TOGETHER BOSTON This weeklong festival of technology, art, and music opens with a live set from Floating Points (May 15, 8 p.m. The Sinclair, Cambridge), launching a don’t-miss series that... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Night After Night
Stork Bite by Quiet Evenings Quiet Evenings - Stork Bite (Adversary Electronics) Yeasayer - Amen & Goodbye (Mute) Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness & Charm (Atomhenge) Belly - King (4AD) Doubt by King Woman King Woman - Doubt (The Flenser) May... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Night After Night
The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, May 12, 2016 HALLELUJAH THE HILLS Boston’s favorite rocker-litterateurs have a lot to celebrate right now: 10 years of making friends and influencing people; five fine albums, including the newest, “A Band Is... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Night After Night
Robert Schumann - Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 1 in B-flat ("Spring"); Phantasy for Violin and Orchestra - Thomas Zehetmair, Orchestre de chambre de Paris (ECM New Series) Goldsmiths - Goldsmiths (Another Timbre) > Sarah Hughes - A Reward is given... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Night After Night
Justin Bieber, by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP The ticket: Pop music Sunday, May 8, 2016 JUSTIN BIEBER The process of a juvenile pop phenom’s maturation into an artist of staying power (or not) is never less than fascinating. If the jury’s out... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Night After Night
Anohni, by Alice O'Malley HOPELESSNESS by ANOHNI A very, very brief post this Friday evening, simply to call attention to my review of Hopelessness, the surprising, seductive, and harsh new album released today by Anohni – best known as the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Night After Night
Mr. Lif, by Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, May 5, 2016 MR. LIF Storming back from a lengthy, unplanned hiatus, Boston MC and Def Jux survivor Mr. Lif celebrates the release of “Don’t Look Down,”... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Night After Night
Tony Oxley & Derek Bailey - The Advocate (Tzadik) Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II (Warp) Dead & Company - DCU Center, Worcester, MA, November 10, 2015 ( The Tree of Life by CECIL TAYLOR Cecil Taylor -... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Night After Night
"Jack Quartet, IRCAM prove electric company at ICA" Boston Globe, May 3, 2016 It's always good to catch up with the JACK Quartet, whose name I'll render here in its preferred all-caps-as-acronym form even if the newspaper declined to do... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Night After Night
Santigold, by Donald Bowers/Getty Images The ticket: Pop music Sunday, May 1, 2016 BOB MOULD “Patch the Sky,” released in March, finds this punk-rock veteran swinging for the fences with his customary mix of buzzy guitars, bubblegum melodies, and ferocious... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Night After Night
Lea Bertucci & Leila Bordreuil - L'Onde Souterraine (Telegraph Harp) Anthony Braxton - Composition No. 56 - Wet Ink Ensemble (Vimeo) Resonance Shapes by Lea Bertucci Lea Bertucci - Resonance Shapes (Obsolete Units) Steve Lacy - Morning Joy (hatOLOGY) Mechanisms... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Night After Night
Mechanisms of Omniscience by Abnormality My review of the new second LP by Marlborough death-metal quintet Abnormality is in today's Globe. No surprise that I'd dig a record so efficiently brutal; still, it was fun to play Mechanisms of Omniscience... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Night After Night
Horse Lords The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, April 28, 2016 DOPAPOD Last year’s three-night homestand by this charismatic Boston-born jam band ended with a nearly hourlong Pink Floyd cover that twisted through reggae, trance, and disco mutations. Will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Night After Night
WHO: Lea Bertucci WHAT: Axis/Atlas WHEN: Wednesday, April 27, 8 p.m. WHERE: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway, Boston HOW: Non-Event Axis/Atlas by Lea Bertucci I caught wind of composer/sound artist Lea Bertucci first when she... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Night After Night
King Crimson - Jazz Club, Chesterfield, England, September 7, 1969 (DGMLive) Caspa - "Floor Dem"/"My Pet Monster" (Digital Soundboy) Rusko - "Cockney Thug" (Sub Soldiers) < NSFW Miles Davis & Robert Glasper - Everything's Beautiful (Columbia/Legacy; due May 27) Air... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Night After Night
Julien Baker, by Ben Sklar/The New York Times The ticket: Pop music Sunday, April 24, 2016 JULIEN BAKER She just played Cafe 939 in January, and already this Memphis singer-songwriter, who specializes in sweetly voiced memories and intimacies, is back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Night After Night
Slum Village The week ahead: Pop & rock Thursday, April 21, 2016 THE KING’S COURT TOUR: A TRIBUTE TO J. DILLA It’s been 10 years since James DeWitt Yancey, the gifted, influential Detroit hip-hop producer better known as J. Dilla,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Night After Night
Keith Rowe/John Tilbury - Enough still not to know (Sofa) Sheer Hellish Miasma by Kevin Drumm Kevin Drumm - Sheer Hellish Miasma (Editions Mego < Bandcamp) Great stone / Blood dunza by Diatribes Diatribes - Great Stone/Blood Dunza (Aussenraum <... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Night After Night
Tom Carter The ticket: Pop music Sunday, April 17, 2016 Due to space concerns, these listings were trimmed in print. These are the untrimmed versions. MICHAEL HURLEY This roots-music maverick taped his 1964 debut LP on the same reel-to-reel machine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Night After Night
If There's A Hell Below by Black Milk Black Milk - If There's a Hell Below (Computer Ugly < Bandcamp) Detroit's Son by Guilty Simpson Guilty Simpson - Detroit's Son (Stones Throw < Bandcamp) Slum Village - Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 1... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Night After Night