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Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014
by Matthew Schonfeld
The most charming thing about BadBadNotGood is that the jazz-hop trio's recent fame hasn’t hit them yet

The most charming thing about BadBadNotGood is that the jazz-hop trio’s recent fame hasn’t hit them yet. The group has released its debut full-length album, toured Europe, worked with Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown, and met MF Doom in a bar without his mask on, yet these 21-year-old kids happily ride around the northeast in a packed-to-the-brim Honda Odyssey with Ontario plates. I don’t mean to say simply that they are modest like many great musicians, but they seem to still be in the “honeymoon phase” of their career. They are genuinely psyched to sit on the edge of the stage after a show and talk to fans, sign albums, and promote new tour posters handmade by their manager’s wife.


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Monday, Jun 16, 2014
The tenth annual Nelsonville Music Festival took place from May 29 to June 1.

The tenth annual Nelsonville Music Festival took place from May 29 to June 1. This year’s event set a new attendance record with 7000 attendees on Saturday. In advance of the festival, PopMatters published an interview with the organizers. Now we look back on the festival in pictures.


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Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
The virtuoso saxophonist is a true master of all trades in the music world.

Jazz music is often thought of as a genre best suited for night clubs. The “Jazz Age” during the prohibition era of 1920 to 1933 was a time when jazz music was known for being played in speakeasies where music fans could also get an adult beverage. Music and booze are like Reese’s peanut butter cups, two great flavors that go even better together. But the 21st century has seen the rise of the performing arts center, where venues designed for ultimate acoustics are presented as being so pristine that patrons can’t possibly be allowed to bring a beverage into the theater area.


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Monday, Jun 9, 2014
Joined by special guests including Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O. and Nick Zinner, the Walkmen's Walter Martin premiered his solo debut the kid-friendly We're All Young Together.

At the live premiere of songs from his child-friendly album We’re All Young Together, Walter Martin did have some kids in attendance but the mostly older crowd at Joe’s Pub was there to see Martin and a full band perform for an hour. Martin, of the band The Walkmen also had some special guests including Kat Edmonson, two members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O and Nick Zinner, plus a small backing chorus conducted by “honorary choirmaster” Hamilton Leithauser (also of The Walkmen who are on hiatus).


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Thursday, Jun 5, 2014
Two decades on, Superunknown remains a landmark album and the formidable Soundgarden played the entirety of it at a club show in New York.

On the eve of the remastered, deluxe re-release of their seminal album Superunknown, Soundgarden performed the entirety of the album at an exclusive club show in New York for Citi card holders. The price of admission? A mere $19.94. Ah if only tickets were normally so cheap. The many fans who lined up early for this show, some since 3 pm, or otherwise were begging to get in, probably remember such low prices. These days, the Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails (whose 1994 The Downward Spiral came out on the same day as Superunknown) tour priced the best seats over $100, though some venues did offer $20 nosebleeds (dates below). If you didn’t get in, you did miss out on a unique experience but at least the whole concert will be broadcast on Sirius / XM Radio on Howard Stern’s Howard101 channel June 13 at 10 PM EDT.


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