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The Emergence of A New Black Avant-Garde: Experimental Music and Text

“Just speaking my truth makes it political because of the systematic oppression that is happening in this country. Even if I am not trying to be political, my story just is political.”

Art of Darkness: Wrekmeister Harmonies

Horror, darkness, despair, violence—these are not themes you tend to find in much of contemporary music . . . here there is nothing extraordinary—from a generic or musical standpoint—about a band tackling such themes. Here, what makes Robinson’s project extraordinary is simply the depth and thoughtfulness with which he does so.

Make Your Pointe: Visible Cloaks' Reassemblage

Visible Cloaks—a two-man group: Spencer D and Ryan Carlile—often use quick, abnormal rhythms, which come across like organic splashes of sound.


I recently heard a friend of the Dalai Lama purport that, according to Buddhism, when you understand the nature of the world you are happy.

Highly Selective Listings

Brooklyn Rail Highly Selective Music Listings

Listings chosen by the Editors of the Music Section


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JUL-AUG 2017

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