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14 years ago by Aaron Johnson
Drum and bass was supposed to make the world safe for electronic music, replacing the predictability of "techno" with an expansive arsenal of shifting polyrythms. But when it digressed into another predictable set of formulaic thumps, the term Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) was coined to describe the work of a...
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20 years ago by Linda Gruno
Deborah Henson-Conant, Friday, June 23, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is a jazz virtuoso and superior improviser with an unlikely specialty--the 47-string grand concert harp. A native Californian now based in New England, she first learned about the harp's limitless possibilities when she was hired to play a three-hour restaurant...
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20 years ago by Joshua Green
Letters to Cleo, Sunday, October 22, at the Bluebird Theater, is built around the girlish, quirky, pissed-off voice of singer Kay Hanley--an instrument that contrasts nicely with Hanley's pin-up looks and Gidget-style pigtails. As for the band's music, it's marked by the kind of full-bodied guitar hooks and clever riffs...
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21 years ago by Michael Roberts
Gil Scott-Heron, Friday, June 24, at the Ogden Theatre, may not be the father of rap music, but he's certainly been a major influence on those current hip-hoppers who are trying to push the genre forward. Scott-Heron was combining jazzy music and spoken/sung poetics a generation ago, and his current...
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11 years ago by Jason Heller
Laughter may be the best medicine, but to Stanley Jordan, music is the universal anodyne. The celebrated jazz guitarist is a spokesman for the American Music Therapy Association, and his 2003 disc, Relaxing Music for Difficult Situations, Volume One, is an hour-long improvised solo piece that showcases the more restrained...
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