March 2017 - For Ken Haferman, a true American iconoclast

"Ken knew a lot about a lot of stuff. He was a self-educated cantankerous iconoclast in a classic mold. He could be a pain in the ass, I'm sure. The main event for me, though, was getting to back him on guitar while he spun old-timey American gold on his banjo. Ken was one of my all time favorite musicians to play with. I can't say exactly why. It was just always fun."

Featuring: Tamikrest, Wheelchair Sports Camp, alt-J, Gorillaz, and more.

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June 2016 ~ Feeling the Fugue

"One of the surprising things I've learned is how much more moving I find dance performances than classical music. Spurred by that experience, I've been trying to develop my classical music knowledge a little. As I suspected, knowing something about the historical/musicological context and technical skeleton of the music really helps."

Featuring: Margaret Glaspy, Vince Staples, Christian Scott, Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band, and more.

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July 2014: Festivals Galore

Each year it becomes clearer that big music festivals are a young person's game. I've still got the stamina to zip and jet if I want to, but this year at Pitchfork I decided to take it a bit easier.

Featuring: Siba, Noura Mint Seymali, Bryan Adams, Bush Tetras, and more. 

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January 2014: The Problem with "World Music"

When trying to fulfill a New Year's resolution, it helps mightily if you've chosen to nudge yourself in the direction of something pleasurable, rather than trying to force yourself on an odious task. With one of my two musical resolutions in mind, I've been spending some time checking out Bandcamp as a resource for new music, and it's been pretty rewarding, turning me on to this incredible collection and more.

Featuring: Asaf Avidan, El Rego, Martin Carthy, Sharon Jones, and more. 

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July 2013: Pitchfork Festival

The Pitchfork festival was this month, and was my second year of going - but only for one day this time. It was especially fun because I got to take Gabe to her first outdoor music festival. There are more details about what we saw below, but I walked away with a general impression - younger artists need to step it up.

Featuring: Kobo Town, Mikal Cronin, Bjork, Tyler Ramsey, and more. 

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January 2013: The Tyranny of Time

Is really seems like more and more contemporary musicians are shrugging off the tyranny of linear time, figuring out how to embody older musical ideas while maintaining a completely up-to-date feel. 

Featuring: Joe Barry, The Amazing, Chavela Vargas, Tame Impala, and more. 

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