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Kronos Quartet: Folk Songs

For more than 50 years, the Kronos Quartet has provided the answer to the question, “I don’t know much about classical music—where should I start?” Unlike many traditional chamber music outfits, the Kronos crew—currently longtime mainstays David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin) and Hank Dutt (viola), with more recent addition Sunny Yang (cello)—is determinedly progressive and... ...

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Maintaining Equilibrium: Mike Gordon Sets Off In A New Direction with _OGOGO_

Photo by Rene Huemer The first track on Mike Gordon’s new record OGOGO is the synth-laden, poppy “Equilibrium.” It’s a fitting way to open the album, considering Gordon’s career is its own kind of balancing act. There’s the equilibrium between his solo work and his role in Phish, the tension between his love for songwriting and his natural ability to improvise and the overarching... ...

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Lake Street Dive’s Rachael Price Joins Vulfpeck for Fleetwood Mac Cover in Brooklyn

Vulfpeck closed out their three-night run at the newly opened Brooklyn Steel with the help of Lake Street Dive vocalist Rachael Price, who emerged for Fleetwood Mac's "Say You Love Me" towards the end of the band's show. "Nothing like coming off the road and your favorite band inviting you to come sing a Fleetwood Mac song with them," Price wrote on Instagram. "I love New York. I love... ...

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Watch Foo Fighters’ Full Gig at Lollapalooza Berlin Including Perry Farrell Collaboration

Foo Fighters headlined the massive Lollapalooza Berlin last night with another towering set that included a pair of unique collaborations throughout. First, Dave Grohl brought out singer Taylor Greenwood, an artist he's been working with since discovering her in New York, for the band's new Concrete and Gold cut "The Sky is a Neighborhood." The studio version of the song features The Kills'... ...

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Marc Maron Has Funny Jamband Tangent in New Netflix Special

If you don't know Marc Maron's work outside of interviewing your favorite musicians on his excellent WTF Pod, then now is a good time to dive in. The comedian's new Netflix special Too Real premiered this week and he has a particularly funny jamband bit thrown in there. A Grateful Dead redditor pieced Maron's comments together that start with someone suggesting he listen to Phish. "I don't... ...

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The National and Karl Rove Will Not Be Exchanging Christmas Cards This Year

As Newsweek tells it, the tune "Walk It Back" from The National's excellent new LP Sleep Well Beast quotes a passage from a 2004 New York Times piece credited to former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove by author Ron Suskind. Rove denies ever saying it, but that hasn't done much to disassociate him from the passage which has become infamous since 2004 and carries a certain amount of relevancy... ...

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Jake Cinninger Leaves Umphrey’s McGee Bandmates Speechless with “Glory” Soundcheck

The beauty of Umphrey's McGee's soaring instrumental "Glory" is its a full-on guitar assault from Jake Cinninger, one of the most dynamic guitarists in the game today. Cinninger gets to drive the car as fast and crazy as he wants for a few minutes as the band follows him to a typically ridiculous peak. For the crowd, this moment is equally as satisfying. But what does "Glory" look like with no... ...

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Jimmy Vivino’s Blues Revue at B.B. King’s (A Gallery)

Guitarist Jimmy Vivino hosted his Blues Revue, an all-star fundraiser for The Blues Foundation, at New York's B.B. King's as he welcomed a number of famous blues musicians like Sam Moore, William Bell, Ruthie Foster, Eric Krasno, Marcus King, Tash Neal and special guest Gary Clark Jr., who arrived to jam with the house band that included Will Lee, Gov't Mule's Danny Louis and more. Dino... ...

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The National Credit Bob Weir with Teaching Them to “Not Sweat the Static”

The National's excellent new LP Sleep Well Beast arrived in full today after a lengthy rollout making it National...National Day. A number of outlets have published interviews with the band, from GQ to Consequence of Sound, the latter of which the band touches on their time with Bob Weir, Day of the Dead and how the guitarist influenced their latest recording process. Both Aaron Dessner and... ...

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The National Celebrate ‘Sleep Well Beast’ with “Day I Die” on ‘Colbert’

The National celebrated the release of their stellar new album Sleep Well Beast  with an appearance on Late Show with Stephen Colbert to play the tune "Day I Die." The late night performance is one of many the band will have in New York City this week. Already they've played an intimate acoustic show at the Apple Store in Williamsburg and will play tonight at Bowery Ballroom to mark the... ...

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