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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019
North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage
Miami Beach, FL
February 8-10, 2019

An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Emi Ferguson: Amour Cruel

Read "Amour Cruel" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Crossing musical borders is a risky business. Our culture loves certainty; the marketplace prefers easily distinguishable, homogenous categories. Whereas contemporary visual artists, at least since Rauschenberg, receive critical praise (and financial reward) for combining styles and materials previously thought to be discrete, contemporary musicians who cross boundaries put their reputations, and sometimes their careers, on the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton Releases Sophomore Album "Origami for the Fire"

Alan Hampton is a busy man. When he's not on the road, playing bass and singing with Andrew Bird, Gretchen Parlato Meshell N'Degeocello, and Robert Glasper, he might be in the studio laying down tracks for Sufjan Stevens, Luke Temple, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Esperanza Spalding, or The New Pornographers. But somehow, in between tours and takes, ...

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Preservation

Read "Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Preservation" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program
Preservation Hall
2010

What do you get when you cross America's best traditional jazz band with 20 emerging or legendary musical artists? You get a terrific collection of highly listenable traditional jazz ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Andrew Bird at the Civic Opera House Chicago

Andrew Bird at the Civic Opera House Chicago

Tragedy struck Thursday in the first of two sold-out Andrew Bird concerts at the opulent Civic Opera House. Birds musical weapon of choice his violin --- was mortally wounded when it slipped from his hands near the end of the show, crashed to the stage and cracked in two.

Bird soldiered on to the finish ...