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Thursday, Jun 26, 2014
Although he has performed in NYC numerous times in Everything But the Girl and DJ'ed various club nights, Ben Watt's shows at Joe's Pub were his first solo shows here.

Ben Watt’s second album Hendra was released thirty years after his first, North Marine Drive. That is not to suggest that he was sitting on his laurels for those decades or that he had writer’s block. Watt and (his now wife) Tracey Thorn released several albums before the end of the ‘90s as Everything but the Girl, which he followed up with the Lazy Dog DJ project (with Jay Hannan) before finally going all in as the head honcho behind two record labels, the electronic / house imprint Buzzin Fly and the more indie rock Strange Feelings. Watt also published two books, Patient, about his battle with a rare, life-threatening illness, and the just-released, Romany and Tom: A Memoir, an honest look at his parents and growing up. While Watt did host a book launch event that included a few songs post-discussion the night before, his first true solo shows were the next two nights at Joe’s Pub. Watt was in the US to promote Hendra, with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler playing alongside him, via radio interviews like this one for WNYC’s Soundcheck and a few performances in New York and in Los Angeles.


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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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