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Lionel Loueke: Gaïa

Gaïa is guitarist Lionel Loueke’s fourth album. Loueke’s albums continue to be remarkable—he is well known for combining African music with deep knowledge of harmony in jazz composition.

Whale / Human Collaborative Music Project's Pod Tune

10 Listens is a music review series where Michael Durek listens to an album at least ten times, taking notes along the way: the aim is to give a comprehensive picture of an album

Highly Selective Listings

Brooklyn Rail Highly Selective Music Events

A thoughtful, discerning, and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of February in New York City.


Charlie Morán lives up a dimly lit stairwell in an apartment that is clearly inhabited by a lifelong radical. His door opens to a wall of political pamphlets, newspapers, petitions, and other ephemera from his years of activism.

In Conversation

DAVID GRUBBS with John Tamplin

David Grubbs is a musician, performer, professor, and author. For the past ten years he and the poet Susan Howe have collaborated on a series of sonic realizations of her poetry, the most recent of which, WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER, was released in August 2015 by Blue Chopsticks.

Dylan’s Third Law

In his review of Bob Dylan’s divisive 1970 album Self Portrait, Rolling Stone critic Greil Marcus famously quipped, “What is this shit?” Marcus was not alone with his vitriol—Self Portrait went on to be one of Dylan’s most poorly received albums, at least by critics.


I enter Paris after being away for more than two weeks. The train arrives on time. It is Sunday evening, less than two days after the attacks of November 13. I tap out a tune on the train window based on the announcement jingle. Montparnasse station is empty.


The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2016

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