Singer/songwriter/pianist Judith Owen proudly wears her troubadour influences -- Carole King, Laura Nyro, Joni -- on her sleeve. Hey, being informed by such grand company only works when you can deliver. And deliver she does on her latest solo effort Ebb & Flow. She even enlisted one of the best LA backing bands ever -- bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel, and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. "I've Never Been To Texas" is one of my favorite songs from her soon-to-be-released, delightful soft rock album. She's currently on tour with Mr. Sklar. Don't miss her!
Describing Beautiful by comparing it to Jersey Boys seems unfair. Jersey Boys, of course, is a long running smash hit musical, and holding any new musical to the high standard of a major hit is asking a lot. But, while watching Beautiful, it is difficult not to think of the new Carole King musical as Jersey Boys Lite. That does not mean Beautiful is lacking in assets -- it has a terrific performance by Jessie Mueller as King and is filled with great songs, written by King and Gerry Goffin, as well as some from the team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The result is an entertaining musical, but one that does not rise to the dramatic or emotional heights desired in a great show. Read more »
"So to any of us … whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to and whoever we’re chasing, to that I say Amen, to that I say all right, all right, all right, and to that I say: Just keep living, huh?"
Matthew McConaughey (born November 4, 1969), Oscar-winning American actor. Quote is from his Academy Awards acceptance speech for Best Actor 2014 for Dallas Buyers Club.
Yes, more snow is expected these next few month, but this percolating, hypnotic synth-pop tune (think New Order) from I Am Snow Angel (producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Julie Kathryn) should keep most cold-weather bound folks de-iced.
Angela Dufresne was born in Connecticut and grew up in Kansas. She studied painting and video at the Kansas City Art Institute and painting at Tyler School of Art. She did residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2002–2004 and 2003–2004 and at Yaddo this year. She taught painting, and culture at large, in various places: Sarah Lawrence, Princeton University, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Dufresne curated several show and video screenings nationally, including Portraiture for the Silicon Enlightenment: (Fuckheads); Negative Joy, a video screening at 443 PAS, New York; and Available, a show about still life at Monya Rowe Gallery. She has exhibited her work in various group shows in museums: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Rose Museum, Mills College Art Museum, Richmond University Museum of Art, and MoMA PS1. She has also had various solo shows nationally and internationally: a project at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2006 and spontaneous shows at CRG Gallery and Monya Rowe Gallery in New York City in 2009 and 2012. Read more »
Hard to believe that Morrissey seminal third solo album, Your Arsenal, was released in 1992. Produced by Bowies's Spider from Mars guitarist and arranger Mick Ronson, it was a massive success in the US. The "definitive master" of that album is released today by Rhino Entertainment on premium vinyl, CD, and digital download. The CD includes a previously unreleased live DVD concert from October 31st, 1991 from the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
Korean native Jinju Lee paints existential narratives of making do and coming-to-terms in arduously solitary indoor and outdoor conditions. Lee’s stories have allegorical implications as the situations and environment she depicts with so much precision and clarity seem to have as to do with the mental as well as the territorial landscape in which the subject (or is it victim?) finds herself. Read more »
Walter Martin has been woodshedding as the multi-instrumentalist in The Walkmen, but has finally decided to step out solo. One can't help but catch the Nancy (Sinatra) & Lee (Hazlewood) vibe, especially since Karen O. (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) lends her sweet, sweet yodels. My favorite song of this new year, so far. We're All Young Together CD drops on May 13th.
It may be winter in Manhattan, but it looks like a long hot summer for Beatrice, Benedict, Hero, Claudio, and the gang. So hot that feral cats are a’scampering over the hot tin roofs of Sicily’s port city of Messina, the setting for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. New York theater has been awash with Bardish productions everywhere. You can take your pick: traditional, modern dress, deconstructions, etc. Among so many offerings, I highly recommend you sashay on down to the li’l ol’ Players Theater and take a gander at their Much Ado About Nothing, rendered beautifully and hilariously in smoldering tempestuous Southern Style. Read more »
"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak."
(born Audrey Geraldine Lorde, 18 February 1934 - November 17, 1992),
Caribbean-American writer and civil rights activist.
There is a nondescript, brick building at 97 Orchard Street. Without signs telling you what it is, you would most certainly walk by without giving it any notice, yet it possesses something so unique to New York and indicative of the city's individual essence that it could be argued that it represents the soil from which so much that is New York has sprouted. This is The Tenement Museum. Read more »
Some songs beg for the repeat button and so it is with this infectious folk-pop nugget from Side Saddle AKA Ian McGuiness, the pop maestro from Astoria, Queens, NY. Download this track for free on SoundCloud until his The Postcard EP drops on March 25th.
For about ninety minutes on Friday evening, February 7th, the auditorium at the Rubin Museum of Art was filled with the sound of music. The occasion was a fundraiser for the David Lynch Foundation, which brings the principles of transcendental meditation (TM) to school children and adults, as a way of dealing with stress, and with a larger message of peace. Read more »
The legendary NE Ohio aggro-blues outfit 15-60-75 (aka The Numbers Band) perform "Wolf" at a private soundcheck before a rare NYC gig. Dusty Wright's One-Takes are live performances from artists you know, should know, or will know soon enough.