Music

Book Review: Chris Stein’s “Under a Rock” — A Complex Account of Love, Loss, and New York City

June 23, 2024
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Part of what makes “Under a Rock” special is Chris Stein’s open-eyed fascination with New York City.

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Concert Review: Sister Act — The Naughton Piano Duo at Rockport

June 22, 2024
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In truth, recordings don’t capture the Naughtons’ symbiotic flair — the performance at Rockport revealed them not only to be a superb piano duo, but a significant cut above.

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Opera Album Review: A Major New Opera that the Met Has Ignored — Tobias Picker’s “Awakenings”

June 22, 2024
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This world-premiere recording lets us hear one of the most effective recent operas, based on the famous book by Dr. Oliver Sacks.

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Musician Interview: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Celebrate the 20th Anniversary Of “Shake the Sheets”

June 20, 2024
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“I would say that a good half of ‘Shake the Sheets’ has always remained in our set. We haven’t necessarily played all of those songs at every show, but they’ve been rotating in and out all the time over the last 20 years.”

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Musician Interview: Yes’s Jon Anderson on Teaming Up with The Band Geeks

June 19, 2024
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“I’m going to be 80 in October, and what a way to spend your 80th year on the planet, to be able to go out and do rock ‘n’ roll shows everywhere!”

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Jazz Album Review: Tomasz Stanko’s “September Night” — A Slightly Mysterious Lyricism

June 19, 2024
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What seems remarkable here is the way that trumpeter Tomasz Stanko enters into unplanned conversational interchanges, including flickers of wit, with the other members of the quartet.

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Classical Music Album Review: Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy — A Fabulous Four-Hand Team

June 18, 2024
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Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy’s debut CD is breathtaking, released a few months after the pair’s acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall earlier this year.

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Concert Review: Third Coast Percussion at the Rockport Music Festival

June 17, 2024
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It has been nearly 20 years, but Third Coast Percussion has managed to retain its uncanny freshness and vitality.

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Latin Jazz Album Reviews: Oscar Hernández, Argentina Durán, and Jesus Molina — All in Superb Form

June 17, 2024
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A trio of Latin-themed jazz albums that range from the best of the year to an uneven debut effort.

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Concert Review: Four Acclaimed Instrumentalists from Four Corners of the World Return to “As We Speak”

June 16, 2024
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Four players bridged divergent worlds and styles from bluegrass and jazz to Indian and Western classical music while taking virtually no time to lock in together.

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