Aug. 24, 2016 08:31
It wasn’t your typical musical epiphany. Tori Elliott was crawling, along with some friends, through a drainage tunnel — one of those corrugated steel deals — when she had a minor breakthrough. She started singing. Elliott, who is the frontwoman and main songwriter of Victoria Victoria, was working on a hymn-like song called “February....
Aug. 24, 2016 08:31
With a few last clicks on Engebretson’s keypad, The Difficulties put the finishing touches on the starkly beautiful ‘All Good People,’ which the band will debut this Saturday, August 27, at the Crown at Carolina Theatre at 7:30 p.m....
Aug. 17, 2016 08:23
The National Folk Festival is worth planning ahead for, penciling some dates on the calendar and coming up with a strategy for how to get to all the shows you’re going to want to see. The free three-day festival is having a three-year residency in Greensboro, and the 2016 festival, which takes place Sept. 9 - 11, marks year two of the run....
Aug. 10, 2016 09:03
The body and the pleasures of the body are often a central subject in popular music. So much rock is just an energetic proxy for wanting to have sex. Some people have gone so far as to suggest that the whole build and release inherent in a lot of (male) music is about mimicking the arc of achieving a male orgasm....
Aug. 3, 2016 08:19
Maybe every band should choose a classic album and learn to cover the entire thing. The rootsy New York band Hollis Brown seems to have absorbed some good lessons from the exercise. A few years ago, Hollis Brown recorded a complete cover album of the Velvet Underground’s classic 1970 record Loaded....
July 27, 2016 10:21
Brazil and the United States have a lot in common. We make sense to each other. Both are the economic powerhouses and population giants on their respective continents. Both countries have been shaped to a large degree by the role that the trans-Atlantic slave trade played in each....
June 29, 2016 08:18
Patterns are plucked out in polyrhythmic configurations, with cascading bursts of high notes tumbling over the cyclical figures in the lower register. Players deploy offbeat phrasing, syncopations and a kind of internal call-and-response approach that makes the instrument like a mini ensemble all to itself....

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