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Adventure Town: Austin – A Local’s Guide to SXSW

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…

Throw Down Your Heart: Bela Fleck Finds the Banjo’s African Roots

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…

Go Green: David Byrne’s Favorite Biking Cities

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…

What’s New (And Good) This Month – July

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…

Music Thursday: South by Southwest’s Free MP3s Help Beat the Economic Blues

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…

Music Wednesday: The Islamic Woodstock, Live From our Nation’s Capital

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…

Music Friday: Brooklyn Philharmonic’s Eclectic Shuffle Mode (With Sufjan Stevens)

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…

Music Wednesday: The Mozart of Madras
Slumdog Composer, Oscar Winner was a Child Prodigy

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…

Music Wednesday: Black History Month, Part I
Nina Simone

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…