Posts Tagged ‘ Music ’

Q&A: Fishbone’s Norwood Fisher

June 29, 2012

For the ECONOMIST: “EVERYDAY Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”, a recent film by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Fishbone, a funk, ska, metal, punk and reggae band from Los Angeles. They rose to fame in the late 1980s but have spent the past two decades in obscurity, bouncing from one […]

Show Review: Dum Dum Girls

May 14, 2012

In the crowd at a recent Dum Dum Girls show at the Islington Academy in North London was an unexpected number of over-40 male fans.

Sundance Festival Moves to London

April 26, 2012

For the NEW YORK TIMES: After more than three decades of showcasing independent film in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival will for the first time take place in London under the moniker Sundance London. The festival, which will include screenings of 14 selected films, discussions, Q&As, and musical performances, will take place at […]

Reverb Festival Redefines Classics

February 27, 2012

For the NEW YORK TIMES: Ninety-piece orchestras, solo artists, conductors, choirs and D.J.’s will gather in London starting on Friday to perform a host of new works that aim to set new parameters for what orchestral music can or should be. Reverb 2012 will host a series of contemporary classical performances from Friday through March […]

Etta James: Matriarch of the Blues

January 25, 2012

For the THE ECONOMIST: ETTA JAMES had a rare voice—one that could convey a lifetime of experience without showing signs of age. Sometimes dusky, with a bit of a growl, it was also confident, powerful and clear. So a song like “At Last”, her signature tune, written in 1941 and recorded by Ms James in […]

Music in Africa: Searching for a new sound

November 18, 2011

AS THE music industry searches for new voices and talent, entrepreneurs are pinning their hopes on emerging African artists both from the continent and the diaspora. Africa Unsigned is an Amsterdam-based start-up music label founded by Pim Betist that promotes African artists. Under Mr Betist’s watch, Africa Unsigned has invested €525,000 (about $725,000) in helping […]

Interview: Punk Historian David Ensminger

October 19, 2011

Promotional fliers for rock shows typically end up in the trash. But David Ensminger collects them. He’s stockpiled them for more than 30 years, documenting a Xeroxed history of punk gatherings, an anthropologist of punk rock’s printed images and text. The do-it-yourself tradition of punk-rock fliers are just part of his new book, “Visual Vitriol: […]

Interview: Galactic

August 19, 2011

When performing live, Galactic makes playing funk music look easy. It isn’t. Delivering precise, tight funk is hard work, but this five-piece New Orleans band seems to power through their shows as if they could keep it all going endlessly. Their most recent album, “The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans”, captures that […]

Revisiting Six Decades of British Jazz

July 18, 2011

Evan Parker, a saxophonist from Bristol, England, who helped shape the improv-heavy sound of European free jazz through the ’60s and ’70s, told an interviewer in 2003 that “you can make just as bad a mistake when you think you are doing absolutely the right thing as you can when you just make a mistake.” […]

Q&A: Seun Kuti

May 4, 2011

Seun Kuti, an Afrobeat bandleader and the youngest son of Fela Kuti, is on tour to support his new album, “From Africa With Fury: Rise“, produced by Brian Eno. With its strong horn melodies, grooving rhythms and punchy song titles (“African Soldier”, “Rise”), the album is a mix of classic, energetic Afrobeat rhythms and contemporary […]

Review: Dum Dum Girls

Review: Reeps One and DJ Qbert

Opening Bands vs Headliners

African Artists: Searching for a New Sound

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