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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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Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Red Bull Music Academy brings unique performances, parties and conversations to New York for a full month since last May. Enjoy photos from the Round Robin and video from a conversation with D'Angelo.

The “Round Robin” guidelines were as follows: “One musician starts a solo improvisation, another musician then joins for a duo improvisation. After that, musician #1 leaves the stage and musician #3 joins musician #2 for another round. This continues until everyone has performed.” This was the second year the Round Robin was part of the Red Bull Music Academy series and like the prior incarnation, this night included a variety of musicians who excel across different genres including jazz, rock, electronic and blues. The free-form event saw over 15 musicians grace the Town Hall stage to take part in the funky shenanigans.


Although most of the night, save the crowded-stage finale, followed the format mentioned above, there was a brief break in continuity when Jamie Lidell’s equipment didn’t work initially, which left one of the musicians to plug in the space with an extended set. Fortunately, it was Allen Toussaint who had to bear that burden and his dexterous piano chops showcased a bunch of musical styles, like Vince Guaraldi and a few jokes including a bit of “Taps”. Lidell was in good spirits though when he finally got his gear working. By the climax, Kaki King was playing on someone else’s guitar and the musicians played off each other’s jams. The show hadn’t been sold out, but it was quite a unique experience.


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