Saxophone Meets Qigong at BLT

The Brooklyn tenor saxophonist Travis Laplante, at the age of 32, has built up a reputation for his incredible technical ability and uncompromisingly bold creations, and his inspiration comes from ...

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Play That Rocksteady Music, Mon

In the beginning there was ska, and it was good. Ska begat rocksteady and it was good. Rocksteady begat reggae and it was very good. BOOM! Sixty-five years of musical evolution in Jamaica summed up in three silly sentences. more »

Jan 15, 2015 9:36 AM Features

What’s Progressive Pop? Listen Up.

Remember Adam Swafford? He’s the bass play-er for Shark Week who was quoted 11 months ago as saying, “No one ever remembers the bass player…” more »

Jan 7, 2015 5:15 PM Features

At Least Ten Pounds of Fun

Ask Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen what kind of band they are—and prepare yourself for a lengthy answer. Ragtime, Western swing, string jazz, country blues, gypsy jazz and hokum are a few of the genres ... more »

Dec 31, 2014 4:27 PM Features

Shoegazing Aural Syrup At Sluggo’s

Quick—name your favorite bands formed by artists. Maybe Talking Heads or Roxy Music come to mind, and on the local scene, your soon-to-be favorite just might be the new, up-and-coming group Swoon ... more »

Dec 24, 2014 11:25 AM Features

The Pipes, The Pipes Are Calling

When it’s time to write about a band, I generally have one of three ways to figure out who it will be. It may be that I saw the band at a show and thought, “Hey, wow, they’re really good.” more »

Dec 17, 2014 5:42 PM Features

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