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CMJ Music Marathon 2013: 19 October 2013 - New York

Each new artist that treks to New York to play a few sets over four or five days does so to gain exposure, to use CMJ as a launching pad toward a wider audience. They’re trying, and trying isn’t cool.

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RAC: 14 November 2013 - Bowery Ballroom, New York (Interview + Photos)

RAC are no longer just reworking your favorite rock tunes. His scope now includes developing his own hit tunes. We spoke with Anjos before seeing his first live show in New York.

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Drive-By Truckers: 7 November 2013 - Bloomington, IN

Drive-By Truckers's performance at the Bluebird Nightclub in Bloomington, Indiana was a total triumph -- raucous, profound and very, very loud.

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San Diego Film Festival: 2-6 October 2013 - San Diego, CA

If 2012 was an annus incredibilis for SDFF, then this year lays more brick on an already solid foundation.

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Slayer - 5 November, Saskatoon, SK

When faced with the task of restoring one's credibility, cranking out the old stuff always works.

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe + Zach Deputy: 25 October 2013 - Solana Beach, CA

Denson and company have provided a valuable 21st century service in delivering their ever dependable groovy dance jams, year after year, without fail.

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Merle Haggard: 31 October 2013 - Carmel, IN

Haggard and his songs managed to leave a far greater impression than the over-the-top venue.

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All Our Happy Days Are Stupid: 24 October 2013 - Toronto

Sheila Heti (author of the brilliant, convention-defying novel How Should a Person Be) wrote a play over a decade ago, but no one could figure out how to stage it. Until now.

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Dixie Chicks: 3 November, Saskatoon, SK

A recent stop on the trio's reunion tour yielded a streamlined, subtly triumphant show.

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Blues Traveler: 22 October 2013 - Los Angeles

John Popper remains a premiere bluesman and harmonica virtuoso, while the Kinchla brothers make for a dynamic backing duo.

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Korn + Deftones: 2 October 2013 and 3 October 2013 - Chicago

Korn and Deftones provide flashbacks while looking to the future.

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‘New York Film Festival 2013’: A Dizzying Panorama

The Wind Rises was the first film that I saw at the Festival and a lovely note on which to close, creating the sense of wonder and excitement you want from movies.

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Decibel X: September 2013 - Seattle, WA

On September 25 through 29, the seaport city of Seattle, Washington lit up for the tenth time with one of the largest live event programs in North America.

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Pearl Jam: 18 October 2013 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (Photos)

Twenty-three years in, Pearl Jam may no longer be grunge. They may no longer be young. But the band took the Barclays Center by storm and sold out two nights.

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: 8 October 2013 - New York

There’s a good reason CGS has been winning raves from critics and musicians and growing its fan base outside Italy. It is a great band that sounds like no other, with an exotic mystique and a unique musical identity.

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Alabama Shakes: 19 September 2013 - Charleston, SC

Ms. Howard isn't much for talking between songs, yet when she does there comes from her mouth a gravity of soul and generous humor that stands in glaring contrast to the subject matter of her lyrics.

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Sandra St. Victor: 24 September 2013 - New York

"Joe, you can have your home back tomorrow," said Sandra St. Victor at her CD release. Make no mistake, for one night Joe's Pub became "San's Pub".

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John Zorn + Ryuichi Sakamoto: Zorn@60, 4 October 2013 - Japan Society, New York

An entirely improvised performance by two of the scene's avant-garde composers

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The Replacements: 15 September 2013 - Chicago

The Replacements that showed up in Chicago played like they had just taken a short break to do some solo stuff and were fully confident in returning as the great American rock band.

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Mickey Hart Band: 9 September 2013 - San Diego, CA

The current version of the Mickey Hart Band seems to have found a niche to explore some new sonic ground while still mining some old favorites.

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