Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 2:45 pm
A California group that pushes hip-hop's boundaries to extremes, Death Grips hadn't been seen in New York City since the release of The Money Store early this year. Since then, Death Grips has recorded (and promptly leaked) another album, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, so the crowd was clearly pumped for this show at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge, recorded live Wednesday during the week of the CMJ Music Marathon.
Buke & Gase Live From (Le) Poisson Rouge (Audio Only)
Sitting down on stage isn't typical of rock bands, but Buke & Gase is neither typical nor really a rock band. Watching Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform feels more like witnessing a divination, as two solemn figures huddle over strange objects, stomp their feet and chant with an intense and eerie focus.
Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 9:24 am
This week's drum-fill quiz comes from Murph, longtime drummer for the band Dinosaur Jr. A couple of these are pretty easy, but this was otherwise one of the harder ones I've done. See what you think. Just drag the drum fill or intro to the album it's from. If you get it right, the song names will appear.
On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long focus on Modulator ESP concludes. The Featured CD at Midnight will be the self-released title "Beyond the Sunset." You'll also hear music by one of the artists appearing at the Soundscapes Concert Series on Sunday, December 2, 8:00 pm at the Nazareth Center for the Arts.
The best gateway into electronic music might be the human voice. There's something about our vocal cords in a dance song that, well, speaks to us. We don't even need to know what the words mean — heck, we don't even need words — to trigger an emotional connection and turn music designed for the brain or the feet into something with which our hearts can get down.
Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 8:59 am
Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez has finally found the fame that had eluded him for more than four decades. In the early '70s, he achieved cult status in South Africa, while at home, he remained virtually unknown. His public obscurity sparked rumors that he'd killed himself, but while he was alive and well, he'd retreated from music, earning a philosophy degree while working as a demolition man.
While Radio Liberty struggles to reinvent itself, this week brought a big announcement from a group that has dominated the radio for half a century.
SIR MICK JAGGER: Soon we'll be back on stage playing for you in two cities that know how to rock and roll.
SIEGEL: That's the Rolling Stones announcing a new concert tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary. They've scheduled four shows so far, starting next month, two in Newark, New Jersey and two in their hometown of London.
Saxophonist John Ellis (center) performs with Matt Perrine (left) on sousaphone at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Credit Erik Jacobs for NPR
Sharply dressed for the occasion, composer Darcy James Argue led his 18-piece big band, Secret Society, at the main Fort Stage on Saturday.
Credit Erik Jacobs for NPR
Song titles like "Three-Legged Tango In Jackson Square" and "Zydeco Clowns On The Lam" clue us into the Southern Gothic imagination of saxophonist John Ellis and his band, Double-Wide. New Orleans resident Matt Perrine played sousaphone bass during the festival's first main-stage show.
As we re-release these two sets from Newport, saxophonist John Ellis (leader of one, player in the other) is leading workshops in Portugal and Italy. Darcy James Argue has released a studio recording of Brooklyn Babylon, and his Secret Society tied with the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the Big Band of 2013 in the just-out DownBeat Critics Poll.