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The Reverend shuffles on stage bare foot, bearded, and resplendent in a paisley kaftan embroidered with glittering thread, a leather vest, and a white wide-brimmed hat. The hat remains in place throughout the rhapsodic head shaking to come. He places a glass of whiskey on the floor by the piano and begins to play, his fingers fervently crossing the keys, and within minutes the crowd—previously retiring and shy as befitting a Monday night—are dancing,...
Autumn signifies falling leaves, football, goddamn pumpkin spice and, perhaps best of all, an uptick in new music to wash away our summer sins and help us settle into new routines. A tip sheet, then, to soundtrack the season of turning leaves. BEST BETS FOR AN UNCONVENTIONAL DANCE PARTY Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition (9/30 via Warp) Citing danceable, nervy torchbearers Talking Heads, Björk, System of a Down (sure?) and Joy Division (see: album title) as inspiration, and digging into...
The last day of New York's inaugural Panorama festival was the hottest yet--even hotter than day one--but the allure of a hometown LCD Soundsystem show after that opportunity had all but vanished was enough to draw some of the biggest crowds of the weekend. Before James Murphy, Nancy Whang and the rest of their cohort took the stage under a massive disco ball, plenty of other performers made the day more than bearable despite...
While the independent music scene certainly has an international scope, Brooklyn is a hub, home and haven for many of the artists and labels that are involved. Last night I took the train up from our Brooklyn office to the spacious confines of the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom to attend the fifth annual Libera Awards, a mini award show hosted by the American Association of Independent Music that seeks to highlight excellence in this...