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Concert List

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Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell @ Le Poisson Rouge

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Vinicius Cantuária was born in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, then moved to Rio with his family at age 7. As a musician he connects several zones of Brazilian music. He is sometimes labeled as a ‘post-electronic acoustic’ and typically included songs by Jobim and Gilberto Gil. I got introduced to him when he was collaborating with Arto Lindsey while working at the Knitting Factory and I was fascinated with his experimentation and fusion of many genres of music. Tonight he teams up with avant-roots guitarist Bill Frisell to play selection from their new Lágrimas Mexicanas. Cantuária’s new album was inspired by the scenes outside his brooklyn apartment on 7th Ave. He blends bluegrass to boss nova with elements of pop. The collaboration between the two was delightful as they played off each other’s notes and melodies rising slowly and inviting you into the larger compassion.

http://www.vinicius.com/

Ben Neill, Michael Lowenstern and Todd Reynolds @ Littlefield

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Soundscapers Ben Neill, Michael Lowenstern and Todd Reynolds combined their imaginative sounds for a unique performance in Brooklyn. The venue was fitting for the artistic and musical spectacle. Each artist displayed their talents in solo, duo and trio sets. They were accompanied by incredible dynamic video projections that perfectly captured the energy and sound in the room in visual form. I knew Ben Neill from my Knitting Factory days and I am so glad he has matured into a more creative composer blurring the lines of electronica and contemporary jazz. These three combined ambient, funk and jazz in such a perfect union and I hope more of these collaborations are planned for the future. Michael Lowernstern will be at SXSW and Todd Reynolds sill be releasing a new album later in March.

Lissie @ Webster Hall

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Lissie left me speechless at CMJ so it’s not surprising that she packed Webster Hall a few months later. She admitted that she doesn’t alter her set list much, but you can’t complain when she always passionately sings each of her tunes. I am eager to hear new material from this young extremely talented musician. She did a killer cover of Kid Cudi’s “Persuit of Happiness” again to close out the show.

http://www.lissie.com/

Tim Fite | O’Death @ Bell House

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Seeing Tim Fite live is a must. Even though I just saw him last month, his shows are always entertaining and audience participation is encouraged. Sexy Leroy wasn’t there again, but present via “live satellite” He played the same set list with the same video animations, but I still laughed just as loud. RAMBO KILL!

After a 2 year hiatus O’Death returns with a new album. Drummer David Rogers-Berry is back from fighting cancer and the over eager crowd welcomed the whole band back. I love this band because they combine American bluegrass with heavy metal and it all winds up being a chaotic good time. A dancy mosh pit quickly started and they tore some old and new songs. Band members soon lost their clothes and with the smell of whiskey and body odor in the air, it was a good ol time.

NC Taper was there.

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Chris Pureka @ Southpaw

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Chris Pureka’s 3rd studio album, How I Learned to See in the Dark, is a bit of a departure from her previous albums. It’s more mysterious and emotional. Although all her songs tend to be a bit melancholy, this album is even darker and yet more beautiful. Longtime friend Merill Garbus of tUne-YaRds co-produced the album and Pureka continues to be the shining example of an independent artist, creating and releasing her own music. Tonight she played to a packed Brooklyn crowd and stuck to her more slower & quieter songs. With a broader musical repertoire now she should try to make her set list more dynamic. Nevertheless, it’s always a pleasure to see her live, especially after seeing her play a much smaller show at SXSW.