Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Now Take Them Out Devils Presents: The Year In Pop (Part 1)

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chromaticskillforlove By Simon Lazarus Vasta The days are short, the nights are cold(ish), and midtown has thoroughly covered itself in a anxiety attack-inducing amount of holiday paraphernalia. The Salvation Army dudes that are very specifically not Santa line the thoroughfares, ringing their bells. The stores are packed with exhausted parents buying more than they can afford. [&hellip
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‘Crazy Piano Guy’ Brings Classical to the Masses

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Washington Square Park’s very own pianist By Sophia Rosenbaum Every Saturday in Washington Square Park, the normal activity of an urban green space is interrupted by a man playing a baby grand piano, stopping people in their tracks with his subtle chords and classical tunes. “Conceptually, he’s just another street performer, because he has those [&hellip
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NTTOD Playlist #2: I’m In Love With That Song (A Collection of Pop Music About Pop Music)

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NTTOD.pulp By Simon Lazarus Vasta One of the things I love most about pop music is its versatility. It’s a medium with room for everything: the political and the personal, the avant-garde and the lowbrow, orchestral finesse and two-chord anthems, stupidity and intelligence, beauty and brutality. Additionally, these elements can be arranged any which way, swapped [&hellip
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R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” Headed to Broadway

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music, Theater

I have to be honest and say — while admittedly a bit out of the pop culture loop at times — I lost track of R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” about six years ago. Apparently, what “Rolling Stone” calls the singer’s “epic opus” has not fizzled out alongside my interest. On the contrary, it’s [&hellip
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City Arts: In Search of Lost Jazz

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in Our Town Downtown, Theater

SearchLostJazz600 ‘Cotton Club Parade’ brings back musical history  By Valerie Gladstone Cotton Club Parade opens with the robust Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars, directed by Daryl Waters, swinging into “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” offering a tantalizing [&hellip
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For Your Ears Only: The Best James Bond Themes Remembered

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

goldfinger Shirley Eaton Movie theme songs work as souvenirs; they bring the movie back to your heart—through your ears. No movie series has given the world more aural mementos than the James Bond films. Like the lusted-over, fantasized Bond girls, the Bond themes are not just love objects; the songs are timeless, idealized encapsulations of the excitements of [&hellip
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Storm Warnings: Notes on Ades’ Opera and Alisa Weilerstein

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music

alisa weilerstein By Jay Nordlinger Philip Glass and John Adams are the most famous living classical composers (if you don’t count John Williams). Who would be next? Possibly Thomas Adès, the Brit. His opera The Tempest is maybe the most acclaimed opera of recent years. And it has been playing at the Metropolitan Opera. The composer himself [&hellip
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Listening to the Boss: Author Peter Ames Carlin on His Springsteen Biography

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Peter Ames Carlin By Angela Barbuti Bruce Springsteen gets a lot of play—literally. Even President Obama has said, “I’m the president, but he’s the Boss.” And now, after more than 30 years of research, Peter Ames Carlin finally put his respect for the musician down on paper. Replete with interviews from Bruce’s family, the E Street Band and [&hellip
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Prayer on the Tracks

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, West Side Spirit

PrayerTracks600 EXPLORING THE BEAUTY OF IRIS DEMENT’S ‘SING THE DELTA’ To hear Iris DeMent is to be moved. She sings so close to her emotions—and with such artistry—that her meanings can be understood even if the lyrics are soaked in Southern and Midwestern dialect. Her new albumSing the Delta evokes experience and wonder—life, death and very complicated [&hellip
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