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Mary Weatherford by Hamza Walker
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The blues, sports, lessons from Dave Van Ronk, and the legacy of “triumphal American painting” are among the stimuli for Weatherford’s large-scale abstract works.

Mary Weatherford by Hamza Walker
Mw 18 015 Newmaster

The blues, sports, lessons from Dave Van Ronk, and the legacy of “triumphal American painting” are among the stimuli for Weatherford’s large-scale abstract works.

Hari Kunzru and Sjón
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Ghost stories, paganism, the blues, and silent cinema are just some of the fixations of two authors known for novels steeped in history.

Lee Clay Johnson by Jay Varner
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“I think violence is inherited, it’s taught, and some of the characters are born into bad blood. …The characters are raped and so is the land.”

M. Lamar by Risa Puleo
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“I am an artist. I am a NEGROGOTHIC, devil-worshipping, free black man in the blues tradition. Those are the things I am now.”

Two Poems by Tyehimba Jess

They said I wasn’t smooth enough / to beat their sharp machine.

Maher Shalal Hash Baz by Keith Connolly
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Nostalgia, rhythm, and synchronicity.

Greil Marcus by Matthew Choate
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Rock ’n’ roll and the malleability of historical fact.

Bill Orcutt’s Gerty Loves Pussy by Clinton Krute
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Composed of the first line of every review on the first four pages of a google search return for “Bill Orcutt, review,” accessed on Wednesday, February 4, 2014.

Bill Orcutt by Keith Connolly
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Bill Orcutt discusses his new solo album A History of Every One, bending genres in Harry Pussy, Bob Dylan, authenticity, and the history of blackface.

Mohsen Namjoo by Shirin Neshat
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As a young musician, Mohsen Namjoo first captivated Iranians’ attention with his magnificent album Toranj from 2007.

Endless Boogie’s Full House Head by Clinton Krute
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Full House Head presents mind-numbingly blissful tracks, and uses repeated riffs to create a long, loud, monolithic album.

Tav Falco by Erik Morse
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“After being dragged off stage I awoke with the hysterical screams and cries of a shocked, bewildered, and titillated audience jumping out of their seats. This was my first event as a so-called musical performer.”

Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk! by Steve Holtje
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Sharp is a top-notch avant-garde guitarist whose main musical styles are far from bebop, but this disc of tunes by bop legend Thelonious Monk is not some hipster’s ironic desecration of iconic material.

Fonotone Records: Frederick, Maryland by Mike McGonigal
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Sometimes you see a thing done so thoroughly, pristinely, and with utter care, you wonder why anyone else would attempt anything similar—ever. Such is the case with the obsessively crafted CD reissue projects of Atlanta, Georgia’s Dust-to-Digital, whose Grammy-nominated gospel music overview, Goodbye Babylon, fit five unerringly-curated discs inside a pine box packed with cotton and a hymnal-sized book. 

Three Poems by Diann Blakely

This First Proof contains the poems “Crossroads Blues: Duet with Robert Johnson #4,” “Little Boy Blue: Duet with Robert Johnson #18,” and “Rambling on My Mind: Duet with Robert Johnson #33.”

The Legendary Marvin Pontiac’s Greatest Hits by Roberta Lawrence
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Saxophonist John Lurie of the Lounge Lizards inherits an alter ego and a knack for vocals on his new album The Legendary Marvin Pontiac’s Greatest Hits.

David Johansen and the Harry Smiths by Glenn O'Brien
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According to Glenn O’Brien, David Johnson and the Harry Smiths “brings to life biorhythms all too often filtered out by digital thinking and bad posture. This is the real deal…”

Cassandra Wilson by Glenn O'Brien
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Cassandra Wilson’s sophisticated jazz riffs cover everyone from Hank Williams to Miles Davis to the Monkees. Poet and music wiz Glenn O’Brien steals a téte â téte with the chanteuse not long after a night club appearance at New York’s Blue Note.

Kerry James Marshall by Calvin Reid
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For Kerry James Marshall, 1997 was a good year: a MacArthur Fellowship, the Whitney Biennial and Documenta X. He spoke with Calvin Reid about the future of painting. 

Olu Dara by Tracie Morris
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From the Okra Orchestra’s fast and funky sounds to his first album, In The World, this Mississippi trickster serves his music HOT. Rhythm and blues to theater and be-bop, Olu Dara is always the ultimate storyteller

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