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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014
Melt Yourself Down create a wild, psychedelic party with not one but two face-melting saxophone players.

Melt Yourself Down‘s New York City debut took place at Piano’s and though one might think six musicians on a small stage would be cramped, the tiny space was well-suited for the band’s style. MYD are not hesitant to wade into the crowd. Founder and saxophonist Pete Wareham and the saxophonist on the other side of the stage, Shabaka Hutchings were both sweating within the audience at different points throughout the band’s set. Kushal Gaya, the band’s main vocalist is the most eager (and the most unencumbered) to be a part of the audience, releasing his pent up energy within the crowd mic in hand. Like Red Baraat, MYD are an instant party, attuned to the global sound.


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Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Not all burlesque shows are fortunate enough to be winners. In New York, Doc Wasabassco holds the trump card.

The Wasabassco Family Striptease ‘70s Variety Hour is the full name of the latest themed burlesque production from Doc Wasabassco. But this time, Doc didn’t take credit for putting together the excellent show. One of his troupe has proven to be the trump card. That impresario is Nasty Canasta and she prepared, hosted and danced in the hilarious, fixating and titillating show.


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Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Liam Finn began his March residency at Union Pool with an excellent set that teased new material from The Nihilist.

In the cozy back room that is Union Pool’s concert space, Liam Finn began his four-Tuesday-night March residency on the 4th after a set by his special guests Zula. It only cost $10 to get in and while the space hadn’t sold out, it felt cozy inside. Finn worked with a couple different permutations of a backing band, including Eliza-Jane Barnes and bassist Ernie Brooks, to perform songs off his first two albums (I’ll Be Lightning and Fomo and an EP (Champagne in Seashells) as well as new and unreleased songs from his forthcoming album The Nihilist out on Yep Roc next month.


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Friday, Feb 28, 2014
We caught St. Vincent's sold out tour kick off show in New York City and have the photos to prove it. Check out her lengthy North American tour schedule.

New York City was abuzz for Annie Clark’s (aka St. Vincent) show at Terminal 5 given all the buzz her new album, St. Vincent has garnished. It is currently number three at Metacritic for highest scores of the year (behind a reissue and albeit early in the year). So we had to check out the sold out show with Clark and her band, Toko Yasuda on Moog & bass, Matt Johnson on drums and Daniel Mintseris on keys. Below are some thoughts shared by fans on Twitter as well as our photos.


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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014
As guitarist and singer Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni explained sagely, Tinariwen's music has a global message.

In the midst of an extensive New York winter, Tinariwen stopped through New York to promote their new album Emmaar (“heat of the breeze”). The falling snow isn’t something the Malian band is used to out in the Saharan desert. But unfortunately, their country is in disarray given that attempts to create a separate or autonomous area in Azawad as a home for the Tuareg people have resulted in an extremist Islamic presence escalating conflicts with the Malian government. Tinariwen was thus persuaded to record Emmaar in a different desert, California’s Joshua Tree.


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