Articles tagged avant-garde

On the Meaningful Nonsense in ‘Jottings From a Far Away Place’

Formally inventive, beautifully written and thematically dense, Brendan Connell's latest collection is a multi-layered anthology that compels multiple readings.

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5 Jan 2016 // 2:15 AM

Norman Westberg: 13

Almost too obscure to gain any attention the first go-round, Swans guitarist Norman Westberg's 13 enjoys a deserved reissue.

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10 Dec 2015 // 11:59 AM

Julia Kent - “Flag of No Country” (video) (premiere)

The cellist goes to Italy in her powerful, elegiac new video.

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The Best Avant-Garde and Experimental Music of 2015

Music of all kinds are tending toward a consciously experimental direction. Maybe we’re finally getting through to them.

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Food: This Is Not a Miracle

After spending 15 years exploring the hidden corners of ambient jazz, Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen still have not run out of ways to explore their chemistry.

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1 Dec 2015 // 2:10 AM

Deerhoof: Fever 121614

The new vinyl release from the always-reliable Deerhoof doesn't disappoint. Bring ear plugs.

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17 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Julia Kent: Asperities

Avant garde cellist and composer Julia Kent returns with an album of devastating beauty and insurmountable dread.

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Mary Halvorson: Meltframe

On Halvorson's mesmerizing new solo guitar record, she knows the best way to honor jazz's history is give a nod to the greats and then break that history down so you can innovate your way to the future.

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30 Oct 2015 // 1:15 AM

Ahleuchatistas: Arrebato

Ahleuchatistas can turn on a dime, but their catalog suggests a longer view, more long-term growth than rapid-fire shifts.

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23 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Joanna Newsom: Divers

After a five-year musical silence, Joanna Newsom returns with her most focused and refined album yet.

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Free Agent of Sound: An Interview with Rob Mazurek

The heralded avant-jazz great Rob Mazurek speaks of space operas, working through grief with music, and, of course, the singularity.

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11 Sep 2015 // 1:05 AM

Heitor Alvelos: Faith

If less is more, then even less can be positively deafening.

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ichigo Ichi/Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu

It's another day at the office for Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura -- meaning they just released two albums designed to kick down more doors in jazz.

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3 Aug 2015 // 1:15 AM

Barnett + Coloccia: Weld

A pairing of experimental music all-stars results in an album ideally suited for an as-yet unscripted horror film.

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Bill Payne, Carol Liebowitz, Eva Lindal: Payne/Lindal/Liebowitz

Bill Payne, Carol Liebowitz, Eva Lindal make an entire album's worth of music by the seat of their three pairs of pants.

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Will Mason Ensemble - “Finn” (audio) (premiere)

The debut album by the chamber ensemble embraces the beauty and ominousness of isolation in nature.

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27 Jul 2015 // 1:20 AM

Mas Ysa: Seraph

Many moments of Seraph may seem random but are really meticulously placed in an effort to create something truly graceful and charming.

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Sun Ra: Duke Ellington’s Sound of Space

Dear patrons in attendance at The Bottom Line on the night of February 17, 1987: shut up, won't you?

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Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Planets of Life or Death: Amiens ‘73

Afrofuturism and retroactive joys dominate this special Record Store Day release.

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In Sonitus Lux: The Equinox Session

By smacking a piece of metal with a pair of mallets and with Kevin Dunn's help, E. Serson Brannen has made a fine piece of music free of category.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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