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Tinariwen: 19.Feb.2010 - Brooklyn

Tinariwen paid a visit to Brooklyn's Bell House this past February.

Vijith Assar
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Zakir Hussain: 13.Mar.2010 - New York

Thanks to a teenage history of fighting for embarrassing '90s alt-rock bands on the car stereo, I don't know my way around North Indian classical music as well as I might. Another thing I didn't realize? You can't show up late.

Vijith Assar
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8 Bits from Blip Festival: 17-19.Dec.2009 - Brooklyn

The flagship annual gathering of electronica enthusiasts who write their songs using ancient video game hardware invaded the Bell House in Brooklyn in December. Above photo by Chris Gampat.

Vijith Assar
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Gwar: 13 December 2009 - New York

It's almost hard to consider Gwar "shock rock", since gasping instead of laughing would mean you've somehow managed to discount the campiness.

Vijith Assar
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Ghostland Observatory: 5.Dec.09 - New York

Ghostland Observatory: 5 December 2009 - Terminal 5, New York City

Vijith Assar
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CMJ 2009: Day 4 - Punch Brothers + Holly Miranda + Cymbals Eat Guitars

The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival invades New York City this week. Here's the latest from PopMatters' writers on the beat.

Vijith Assar
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CMJ 2009: Day 3 - YACHT + James Murphy

The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival invades New York City this week. Here's the latest from PopMatters' writers on the beat.

Vijith Assar
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CMJ 2009: Day 2 - Suckers + Fool's Gold

The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival invades New York City this week. Here's the latest from PopMatters' writers on the beat.

Vijith Assar
Music

CMJ 2009: Day 1 - Kingston + Die!Die!Die! + Kidz in Space

The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival invades New York City this week. Here's the latest from PopMatters' writers on the beat.

Vijith Assar
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Nine Inch Nails: 26 August 2009 - New York

Trent Reznor has been on the ol' Debbie Downer kick for 20 years, always singing about things dying and ending and breaking, and it's probably time to close up shop.

Vijith Assar
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Sonic Youth: 3 July 2009 - United Palace Theatre, New York

Classics like "Tom Violence" occasionally worked their way in, but for the most part the set list consisted of tunes from this year's triumphant new album The Eternal

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Festival International De Jazz De Montreal: 30 June-12 July 2009 - Montreal

Every summer Montreal hosts its enormous annual jazz festival, always with a potent lineup of performers which stretches out over two and a half weeks -- if only I could see it all.

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Kaki King: Mexican Teenagers EP

The previously-acoustic guitarist successfully plugs herself in.

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Tibet House Benefit Concert

Many of the musicians get two or three songs at most, implying that far more performers have been scheduled than is sensible in order to cast the widest net of appeal and draw in as many people as possible.

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Kronos Quartet

Sometimes it's not the name in lights that's the main attraction.

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My Brightest Diamond

I'm all for artistic growth and boldly traveling into new musical territory, but unfortunately these adaptations are a little too haphazard -- or maybe just understaffed -- and Shara Worden's magic has been lost in translation.

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Blip Festival 2008

Blipfest remains unique among concert experiences because I went home with the knowledge that I already had all the tools necessary to do what I had just seen on stage.

Vijith Assar
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DragonForce

Dear Herman Li, can you please grow a moustache? Love, PopMatters.

Vijith Assar
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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: NYC

Jazz drummer Steve Reid is a fascinating contrast to the rigid grids typical of Four Tet.


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