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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
Icelandic phenom Ásgeir has just released a new video for "King and Cross" and recently performed at a sold out show in New York.

After his short performance at CMJ last year, Ásgeir Trausti was slow to return to New York for a proper performance, coming over from Iceland more than six months after that gig (a Spring show at Rough Trade ended up being cancelled though it he was spotted in the US at a Hozier show). The time in between allowed him to release In the Silence, an English language version (translation help came from John Grant) of his debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn, that had been picked up by at least 10% of Iceland’s population.


The Mercury Lounge show had been sold out for months but, when the day finally arrived, the venue never seemed to pack to capacity. That was fortunate for the folks at the front who were dancing along in the gloomy atmosphere that Ásgeir wallowed in. The singer-songwriter was backed by four musicians including his older brother and the album’s producer, throughout his mixed Icelandic/English set, performing the songs from both versions of his powerful debut.


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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
If you are familiar with Jon Batiste, you already know he is a wild performer. He managed to kick it up a notch at his Summerstage show.

Musician and band leader Jon Batiste is a youthful, vibrant performer from Louisiana who was caught up in the jazz world at a young age. Now, as he occupies the role of Associate Artistic Director at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Batiste still takes time to tour with his band Stay Human, to connect with followers and to earn new fans along the way. And by connect with followers, I mean more than simply the “followers” that are found on social media or who buy his albums, I mean the folks who will literally trail Batiste as he conducts a musical procession from the stage to the street.


Batiste’s free show at the Central Park Summerstage was a wild set that delved into all sorts of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and other musical influences, including a rendition of the folk staple “Saint James Infirmary”. One of the first recognizable inspired bits was a take on “Summertime”, recently famous by the band summertime favorites Sublime but really hailing back to Gershwin and Ella Fitzgerald. The opening extended medley saw Batiste step away from the stately Yamaha grand piano and lift up the much cheaper, branded plastic melodica of his as the band stood behind him. The members of Stay Human clearly share Batiste’s sensibilities and have fun with their performances, whipping up familiar pop music melodies during solos and preening like showmen on stage.


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Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014
Nestled amongst the Rockies, the Snowmass Mammoth Fest is a chili, beer and music festival that maintains an intimate feel.

On a weekend getaway to Aspen, I found myself driving past some campgrounds in the vicinity of Snowmass Village. It wasn’t just that people in Colorado have a higher level of appreciation for nature (though I get the feeling they do). The reason for the pitched tents was fully explained by a hanging sign further down the road. The hamlet was the center of a unique food, beer and music festival called Snowmass Mammoth Fest. There is little buzz around this festival outside of Colorado as far as I can tell. A quick search for news post show doesn’t turn up much. But it happens to be the kid sister of the more notable Telluride Blues & Brews Festival held in September.


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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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