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Concert Review: 'Early Music of the Maghreb' - Traditional Music of Northern Africa (NYC, 12 Dec 2017)

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:00 UT

The phrase "Early Music" usually refers to early European music, while the term "Afro Roots" generally means music from sub-Saharan Africa. Salon/Sanctuary Concerts teamed with Afro Roots Tuesdays to challenge both those assumptions with a concert of tradition-rooted music from northern Africa.

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Music Review: Tinsley Ellis - 'Winning Hand'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:00 UT

Great bluesman that he is, Ellis can speak volumes in a few well-placed notes. The songs span Chicago blues, rock, and soul with ease, delivering a dose of just about everything electric blues can offer.

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Concert Review: The Lumineers Serenade Sacramento Fans at Radio 94.7's Electric Christmas 2017

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 06:00:00 UT

The Lumineers, Portugal. The Man, and Walk the Moon headlined Radio 94.7's fifth annual Electric Christmas concert event at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on December 7, 2017.

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Concert-Theater Review (NYC): '8980: Book of Travelers' Composed and Performed by Gabriel Kahane

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 06:00:00 UT

The singer-songwriter's deep trove of compositional talent and exquisite voice make his art songs ring with the excitement of the new even as they recall the glory days of lieder.

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Music Review: Glassjaw - 'Material Control'

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 06:00:00 UT

On December 1, 2017, without warning, Glassjaw released their third album, 'Material Control.' The 15-year drought is over, but can it live up to the impossibly high hype?

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Music Review: Christina Friis - 'The Quiet of Knowing: Joni Mitchell Unknown'

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 06:00:00 UT

My wife and I were standing on a corner in New Orleans admiring some items in a shop window. Then we heard a voice singing. Memories from my youth flashed through my brain - Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Joan Baez - and I was sure this was a recording. Then we looked toward the source of the sound and saw Christina Friis strumming on her guitar and supercharging the New Orleans air.

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Music Review: Grayson Capps - 'Scarlett Roses'

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:00:00 UT

Grayson Capps' 'Scarlett Roses' is one of the best albums I've heard to come out of North America this year.

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Sacramento's Radio 94.7 Electric Christmas 2017 Concert Less Than One Week Away

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:00:00 UT

The Lumineers, Walk the Moon, and Portugal. The Man headline this year's Radio 94.7 Electric Christmas Concert on December 7, 2017.

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From Russia to America: Pianist, Composer, and Transcriber Vyacheslav Gryaznov Delights in Musical Storytelling

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:00:00 UT

While the pianist's impression is by no means comprehensive due to the short time he has spent here, the notion that the Russian pedagogical culture could be producing lazy students while the United States' could be producing lazy teachers may not be so far-fetched.

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Tony Bennett Honored with the 2017 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:00:00 UT

Legendary performer Tony Bennett received the prize for his lifetime contributions as an interpreter of America's songbook.

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Music Review: Bill Toms & Hard Rain - 'Good for My Soul'

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 06:00:00 UT

Bill Toms' blue-collar, blue-eyed soul rattles and glides like the great horn-driven soul music of days of old.

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Music Review: Thrice - 'The Alchemy Index' (In Celebration of the 2017 Vinyl Reissue)

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:00:00 UT

Several of the group's finest songs are littered among the 24 tracks. And while many similar projects might offer quantity over quality, 'The Alchemy Index' doesn't have any reservations about giving fans both.

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Music CD/DVD Review: Richard Thompson Band - 'Live at Rockpalast' Box Set

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 UT

These 1983-84 concerts feature a mix of uptempo originals, dark ballads and slow rockers, and traditional folk numbers. Taken together, they showcase Thompson's brilliant songwriting and aggressive, sometimes psychedelic guitar wizardry.

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Music DVD Review: Black Sabbath - 'The End'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:00 UT

Other than The Beatles, Black Sabbath is perhaps the most influential band in rock history. February 4, 2017 is forever marked as the final date of their last ever tour. It was a one of a kind celebration of their enduring legacy. And the Angelic Sessions is a bonus treat.

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Music Review: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - 'Wind River - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 UT

Cave and Ellis impress with their continued collaboration in this memorable body of work, which comes highly recommended.

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