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Tradition Meets Innovation at the Fifth Annual Maqam Fest

In a city with an abundance of smartly conceived and adventurous music events, Maqam Fest stands out for its unique vision and its broad and expanding constituency.

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August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Gets a Vibrant National Theatre Revival

Charismatic performances from O-T Fagbenle and Sharon D Clarke ignite Dominic Cooke’s major revival of August Wilson’s play at the National Theatre.

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Last Call at Folk City with Dominic Chianese

As the MC at New York's leading folk music venue, Chianese introduced many of the era's best-known and most influential figures.

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Armed With a Slew of Hits, Billy Joel Welcomes the New Year in South Florida

Billy Joel unlocked the door to his hit factory in South Florida. His songs tonight happened to be as classic as they were dated; that is, they were both timeless and historical.

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Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real + Insects vs Robots

What really puts Lukas Nelson at a higher level is how he’s just as good a soulful songwriter as he is a guitar player, a rare and special combination.

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice Goes Digital in the Ambitious New Musical ‘wonder.land’

Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini’s musical is set in the contemporary world of social media, RPGs, and mean-girls, with results that veer from ingenious to awkward.

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Garbage Thrills the London Crowd on Their ‘20 Years Queer Tour’

Fiery Scot Shirley Manson is still the original British grunge girl.

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Dark Siren Amy Lee Electrifies the Faithful in Overdue Return to the Stage

Great rock 'n' roll never goes out of style and Amy Lee has been one of the genre’s most uniquely dynamic performers of the 21st century.

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A HEALTH-y Weekend: Two Nights with the Electro-Industrial Powerhouse

HEALTH slayed their NYC audiences with massive industrial-electro bangers.

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New Americana Supergroup Cooder-White-Skaggs Thrills at Carnegie Hall

The music of the newly minted supergroup often was beautiful, and always beautifully played. But it rarely broke a sweat.

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The Hellcat Saints Rock the City of Angels to Benefit Cancer Fighting Charity

The members of the Hellcat Saints may be known more for their adventures on Hollywood’s dark side, but they channeled those energies in service of the forces of Light on this night.

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Come Together: Barb Jungr and John McDaniel Perform the Beatles

With their beautiful and thrilling new show, Barb Jungr and John McDaniel bring fresh insights, great humour and searing passion to familiar Beatles compositions.

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The Airborne Toxic Event Wrap Fall Tour with Triumphant Homecoming Show

“We’re just gonna sing songs about drugs and death,” vocalist/guitarist Mikel Jollett said with tongue only half in cheek.

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A$AP Rocky + Wiz Khalifa: The O2, London

What happens when two of the most relevant hip-hop artists launch a co-headlining UK arena tour? London turns the f**k up, that’s what.

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Thievery Corporation Throws Down a Global Gauntlet at the LA Greek

Thievery Corporation's ultra-eclectic mix of rock, reggae, acid jazz, dub, electronic, trip-hop, bossa nova and Indian music with frequently socio-political lyrics defies categorization and makes them one of the most original and subversive acts in music history.

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Made in America Festival 2015

Even though it is on Labor Day and it is called “Made in America", this fest has nothing to do with manufacturing jobs. Instead, this is Jay Z’s vision of a new – or renewed – sense of patriotism.

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Karl Denson and Ivan Neville Team Up to Help LA Get Down

Like a Captain Kirk of the musical cosmos, fans can always count on Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe to seek bold new adventures in sonic space.

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LA alt-rockers Silversun Pickups Celebrate New Album with Four-Night Stand at Hollywood Forever

The new album seems like Silversun Pickups’ most diverse platter to date and fans were eager to hear how the new songs would translate live.

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Duran Duran Looks Forward and Back During New York City Show

The band performed a mix of new songs and old favorites at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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Van Halen’s Hard Rock Party Is Not to Be Outdone

Van Halen, helmed by a vivacious David Lee Roth and a steady Eddie Van Halen, put on a fine, festive old-school hard rock party not to be outdone. The good times have not gone anywhere!

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Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

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"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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