Category archives for Music

It’s true that Austin (pop. 782,967) is different in at least one way from the rest of Texas: It’s the lone blue outpost in an overwhelmingly red state. But in every way that counts, the state capital is pure Lone Star. Austinites, like all Texans, two-step to Willie, accessorize in cowboy boots, and know how…

American banjo virtuoso Bèla Fleck is known for bringing his instrument across genres. Today you can watch him bring it across the Atlantic and back to its beginnings in his new DVD. Fleck and Sascha Paladino's documentary, Throw Down Your Heart, chronicles the making of Fleck's latest CD as he travels Africa in an attempt…

Former Talking Heads front man David Byrne has traveled all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia—and that’s just in the past six months. His preferred mode of transport: a Montague folding bike with full-size wheels and good suspension (he once got sore wrists from riding on cobblestones—bad news for a guitar player). Byrne’s newly released…

10,000 Lakes Music Festival (July 22–25): Over 60 bands. Four stages. And beautiful northern MN. Tour de France Ends (July 26): Amid scandal, no doubt. But will it involve Lance? Read our daily udpates. The Cove (July 31): All the buzz at Sundance, this enviro-doc will make a serious splash. (Stay tuned for our interview with…

South by Southwest (SXSW) starts this Friday. This is the second Friday the 13th in an already pretty unlucky year. One thing about music, though: it thrives in tumultuous times, and the annual gathering of bands in Austin, TX, (followed by record scouts, media, and other assorted industry types) could make this year's SXSW the…

Text by Ryan Bradley For the past week-and-a-half, an astonishing gathering has been taking place in Washington D.C., a town so used to astonishing gatherings that this one has managed to fly a bit under the radar. The Arabesque Festival is halfway through its three week run, and already it's historic: People are saying that…

Text and photographs by Keith Rutowski As far as orchestras go, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is in a category by itself. Over the last several years, the freelancer-composed ensemble has displayed an uncanny ability to sate even the most adventurous of musical palettes. Now, it seems that music director Michael Christie has taken another bold step…

Text by Ryan Bradley On Sunday night, A.R. Rahman became the first Indian ever to win two Academy Awards—one for best original song (“Jai Ho”) and another for best background score—both for the gargantuan-little-engine-from-the-developing-world-that-could, Slumdog Millionaire. It was a good night for Bollywood, a good night for India, and a very good night for Rahman,…

Music Tuesday: Beirut Goes to Mexico

Text by Mary Anne Potts; Photographs courtesy of Rahav Segev / Brooklyn Academy of MusicBeirut can find its way around a map. The indie rock band known for its gypsy-inspired tunes has explored the music of Eastern Europe (Balkan beats in Gulag Orkestra) and Paris (French pop of The Flying Club Cup). Their latest project…

Today is the first wednesday in February, Black History Month. Which is a great excuse to highlight one African American artist each week shortest month of year. There's an awful lot I could cover, so I'm going to have to choose wisely. For the first: Nina Simone.  I pick Simone because she bridges so many…

Photographs by Keith Rutowski Occasionally we'll highlight a new and exciting artist who has come through ADVENTURE's hometown—New York City—the day after or before or of their show. Last night, Swedish pop singer Lykke Li visited Webster Hall, and tonight she plays a sold out show at the Music Hall of Willamsburg. Li is the…

We try not to do too much NGS navel-gazing, but this is pretty exciting: the folks at Nat Geo Music have launched a music label of the same name that will “record, release, and promote modern music from around the globe from a variety of artists and genres.” Speaking of a variety of artists and…

The new Animal Collective album, Merriweather Post Pavillion, is finally officially available today. We had heard it was great—even one of the best albums of 2009. Now that we’ve listened, we agree: The most accessible album so far of the Baltimore-born indie rock band is, indeed, fantastic. Writer Nick Sylvester interviewed the group’s electronics specialist…

By nearly all accounts, V.S. Naipal is a bastard. But he writes beautiful books. And he loves calypso music. "On the subject of calypso singers of Trinidad he was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The culture they sang about was tough, breezy, unsentimental. Vidia had written…'It is only in the calypso that the Trinidadian touches reality.…

Was '08 a great year for music or what? There are plenty of good lists out there highlighting some of the best stuff, but here are three non-US records that are my own personal favs (links will open to the album in iTunes): Francophonic, Vol. 1: 1953-1980  Orchestra Baobab, Made in Dakar  Les Amazones De…

If I were to tell you that the former star of a popular Argentine sitcom (La Noticia Rebelde) and the country's most famous comedian is now its most critically acclaimed musician, would you believe me? Probably not, but that's understandable—there's a lot about Juana Molina that is slightly surreal. Her sound, for example: It's old…

Stop what you’re doing immediately and watch this. Have you yet? It’s great, right? Probably the best music video I’ve seen all year (second, maybe, to "Hi Hater"). It's the Aboriginal creation story of the Crow, sung by Tom Lewis, filmed in Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia. I love the weird, 1980s, U2-ish singing-in-the-clouds feel;…

South African singer Miriam Makeba died Sunday night, from a heart attack she suffered walking offstage after a show in Italy. She was 76. From the many, many obituaries and tributes (Nelson Mandela released a statement saying,"…she used her worldwide fame to focus attention on the abomination of apartheid. Her music inspired a powerful sense…

With the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, people around the world have been voicing their support—sometimes in song. After reviewing a host of old and new Internet tunes, ranging from calypso (The Mighty Sparrow) to reggae (Coco Tea) to Obama Girl’s "I Got a Crush…On Obama," we found…

Music Tuesday: Democracy!

Not world music, just good music, and especially good for a big election day. Listen here.

Assistant Editor Ryan Bradley’s weekly exploration of great global music, in collaboration with Nat Geo Music. All Hallows’ Eve is a Celtic holiday, but across many cultures this time of year (the end of the harvest) has been seen as a time when the lines between the spirit world and the living word are blurred.…

Assistant Editor Ryan Bradley’s weekly exploration of great global music, in collaboration with Nat Geo Music. The mercury is beginning to fall in earnest here in New York City. Whenever this happens, I find myself listening to music from cold places—Finland, Sweden, and Iceland, mostly. Iceland especially. So must the good people at NG Music.…

Assistant Editor Ryan Bradley’s weekly exploration of great global music, in collaboration with Nat Geo Music. I wasn’t planning to dedicate two weeks in a row to music from Mali. But then I heard Amadou & Mariam’s new single, "Sabali," and…well…I changed my mind. So sorry, Iceland, on top of your economic demise, you will…

A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz Au revoir trains, bon jour…bird traffic? Swiss pilot Yves Rossy crossed the English Channel propelled by a self-designed jetpack strapped to his back after jumping out of a plane at 8,000 feet. How did “Fusionman”  steer his eight-foot wingspan the 22 miles from France to…

Assistant Editor Ryan Bradley’s weekly exploration of great global music, in collaboration with Nat Geo Music. Video directed and edited by Anthony Subietas, produced by Ryan Bradley, with special thanks to Michael Fuchs and the Highline Ballroom. It started in a refugee camp. Or a military camp, so the story goes. It was the early…