Music

After the brutal blizzard of 2010 that has kept so many of us indoors why not ring in 2011 in style. We suggest celebrate at the Cupping Room Cafe. Located in the heart of SoHo it is warm, charming, chic and delicious. (Coincidently, also all qualities that are required in my friends.) With its embracing attitude it is a local favorite and a genuine experience. Gather your loved ones for  a post night on the town brunch you'll never forget.  

 
On July 14, 2009, the New York Times Company announced that the 96.3 FM frequency would be transferred to another station and that they were selling WQXR. What followed is an amazing story of the power of classical music and classical music lovers to save one of the landmarks of live classical music for New York City and America. 

Do you have the time to listen to Billie Joe Armstrong rhyme? Sunday September 19th Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, will interview Green Day’s lyricist, vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot director Tony Award winner Michael Mayer. The mega-band arrived with 1994’s Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and won a Grammy ® Award and has followed up with such epic albums such as American Idiot which debuted at No. 1 and earned seven Grammy nominations (winning two) and last year’s 21st Century Breakdown, which won the Grammy for Best Rock Album.   Green Day has not only proved its longevity but its relevance. Join in the discussion to ask Billie Joe how!


Visionary precision, fearless exploration, and unlimited scope have placed the Kronos Quartet at the forefront of contemporary music for nearly 40 years. Friday, August 13th’s far-reaching repertoire features works by Steve Reich, Café Tacuba, and the world premiere of Christine Southworth’s Super Collider. Performed by Kronos with the 14 musicians of Gamelan Galak Tika (Evan Ziporyn, artistic director) using the virtual Gamelan Elektrika, designed and developed by Harmonix’s Alex Rigopulos (of Guitar Hero and Rock Band), Super Collider juxtaposes two sound worlds and traditions, the string quartet and the ancient gamelan, through the unlimited sonic universe of electronics.


 

Friday July 9th check out Indie-songstress Eleanor Dubinsky at the 92Y Tribeca. Her sultry vocals ride a mix of French pop, new American soul and Latin rhythms. Her songs express her passion for a diversity of people and cultures.

 


 

South African born Ashton Nyte is something of a prolific singer/songwriter, producer and stage performer. The artist has released five solo albums in addition to nine albums fronting one of South Africa's most prominent alternative rock bands, though his solo style is decidedly acoustic-focused. However he caught our attention when we heard him described as "Johannesburg's Bowie." Check him out Tuesday June 29 at Fontana’s at 7pm for his CD Release Show. See you there!

Our good friends at Solid PR were deeply moved by the devastation brought on by the recent oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and have decided to do something spectacular. The Company has dedicated their time and recourses to organize a concert of New York bands to raise money for the efforts and those affected by imminent destruction to Louisiana’s precious wetlands. On Wednesday, June 2nd at 8pm come down to Shea Stadium to check out performances by Zs, Child Abuse, Controlled Bleeding and Cellular Chaos (feat Weasel Walter) and special guest DJ 1000TimesYes.  All proceeds go to the  www.gnof.org


The Petty Thieves are a Tom Petty tribute band that re-interprets the legendary musician’s works with its own bluegrass flavor.


 DJ Raul Campos of KCRW once called Zigmat’s music is “edgy, rockin’, melodic and dreamy.”  We agree. Fronted by vocalist Monica Rodriguez and bassist Stephen Yonkin, Zigmat brings together an eclectic mix of world, punk, trip-hop and rock in a unique way that has won over critics and fans alike all over the US, Brazil, Mexico and Europe.  Check out their final US show Saturday May 1st, 11:30 PM at Joe’s Pub before they head back to Barcelona, Spain for the famous Sonar Festival in June.


Dead Meadow is one of those underground bands that is surfacing with a vengeance.   Their psychedelic rock sounds once described as “heavy, dreamy, trippy, expansive, reflective and evocative” band together youths, seething for something fresh, and the romantics, longing for the hard rock of the 70’s and the psychedelics from the 60’s. Thus Dead Meadow has elicited a cult like following. And they also made a movie… 


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