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by Christian John Wikane

14 Mar 2010


No wind, rain, or winter’s cold could stop Dionne Farris from making a rare Brooklyn appearance while New York City plowed itself out of one of the most crippling storms in recent memory.  The BAAS Group had invited the Atlanta-based artist to appear at Galapagos Art Space, situated a few yards from some of D.U.M.B.O.‘s most breathtaking lower-Manhattan views.

Following an introduction by BAAS Group co-founder Troy Saunders, Farris sauntered up the stage-left steps to vociferous fanfare from the audience. She opened with her signature song, “I Know”,  which emphasized the ageless qualities in her voice.  Her pitch-perfect phrasing, in fact, could have been mistaken for the original recording.  “Passion”, a track from her 1994 debut, Wild Seed-Wild Flower (1994), also sounded fresh and far younger than its 15 years. Farris stepped into the groove of the song, accentuating the rhythm of the words with a serpentine body movement and piercing the air with her fist during the song’s voltaic guitar riff.

by Thomas Hauner

11 Mar 2010


April Smith’s New York homecoming was confirmation of just how solidly crafted the impeccable string of songs she’s recorded with her “boys”, the Great Picture Show, are.  Commanding her band from the Mercury Lounge’s quaint stage, the tracks of Songs for a Singking Ship were transformed into barrelhouse stompers and sing-a-longs, all under the direction of Ms. Smith’s powerful alto.

by Dave MacIntyre

9 Mar 2010


Leaving Toronto’s Air Canada Centre exhilarated Monday night, feeling like we’d witnessed one of the very best demonstrations of rock and awe, I had a mild regret: for years I hadn’t given Muse enough attention.

by Mary Danzer

6 Mar 2010


Yoko Ono, age 77, assembled the new Plastic Ono Band (composed of Cornelius, Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, and son Sean Lennon) for a psychedelic jam fest and trip down nostalgia lane at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Oakland, California. The band was headlining Noise Pop, the independent music festival which invaded Bay Area venues with hoards of lesser-known indie rock troupes and experimental electro pop bands for a little over a week. Following a projection of crows flying out of Ono’s mouth (accompanied by a chorus of chirping sounds fluttering throughout the theatre), a video reel highlighted Ono’s lifetime of successes—including footage from earlier video works and the dedication of Strawberry Fields in New York’s Central Park.  Dressed in a white cap, customary dark shades, and a black track suit Ono launched into an amped up version of “Waiting for the D Train” from 2009’s Between My Head and the Sky. What followed was as much a showcase of the new super group’s collective talents as a tour of past Ono musical highlights. The crowd of almost 3,000 sang along to an encore performance of “Give Peace a Chance” while flashing the message “I Love You” using free onochords (tiny flashlights) to close out the night.

by Thomas Hauner

5 Mar 2010


Todd Snider said it best himself: he was only spouting his opinions because they rhymed—and to ease his mind. That anyone ever shows up to his performances is, to him, simply a bonus, one big blessing in the “crazy adventure” that has been his life. And years of playing in bars and sleeping on couches—the aforementioned “crazy life”—has provided the fodder for countless stories while fueling Snider’s numerous albums—most recently, 2009’s The Excitement Plan. But it is Snider’s wit, cynicism, humor and charm that coalesce into poignantly touching yet simple folk songs.

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