George de Stefano is a New York-based writer specializing in culture, politics and sexuality. He is the author of “An Offer We Can’t Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America” (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and a contributor to many other books, websites and print publications.
Tuesday, April 8 2014
With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.
Wednesday, August 31 2011
The story of the pizzica revival is one of how a music associated with a healing ritual of poor, oppressed peasants was transformed into a proud assertion of cultural heritage and identity.
Tuesday, October 12 2010
If your idea of Italian music is “O Sole Mio”, opera, and the operatic pop schlock of Andrea Bocelli, you’ve never heard Roy Paci and Aretuska.You're in for a treat.
Monday, September 15 2014
Not all the guest artists fit, and sometimes the connection to Satchmo seems tenuous indeed. But when it works, as it mostly does, the album delivers much pleasure and pleasant surprises.
Thursday, July 24 2014
Legend presents Bob Marley at his most unthreatening, and most anodyne. And that was intentional.
Sunday, March 16 2014
With his new release, klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer has crafted his most successful and boundary-smashing work to date.
Tuesday, January 21 2014
James Booker's stature in New Orleans musical history can be gauged by the nicknames bestowed on the gifted, troubled, openly gay musician: the Bayou Maharajah, the Piano Pope, the Ivory Emperor, and the Piano Prince of New Orleans.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
Ry Cooder rarely plays in public these days, so this live set of 11 songs he’s recorded over his multi-decade career, plus one wild card, is a rare treat.
Thursday, June 5 2014
A dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and something extra.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
The video for “Glacier” telescopes nearly a century of gay history into its 7:57 running time.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
Ipercussonici, a band from Sicily, takes to the streets to honor anti-Mafia heroes
Monday, May 23 2011
In this final installment of the Between the Grooves series dedicated to Howlin’ Wolf’s Rocking Chair album, George de Stefano states that Wolf's music is so compelling because it seems such a direct, unmediated expression of his singular personality.
Monday, May 16 2011
“Howlin’ for My Baby” is the most joyful number on Rocking Chair: Its exuberance and humor are irresistible.