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Apr
9
2018

YOUSSOU NDOUR

Youssou res

Concert Hall, March 28 7/10 Youssou Ndour promised a party and most members of the audience would probably say he delivered. It’s just that aiming for a party may have been to set the bar too low when another level was possible: a plane on which exuberance and joy sometimes vacated the dance floor to […]

Mar
31
2018

KAMASI WASHINGTON

Kamasi Washington

Concert Hall, March 13 7/10 “We’re going to go on a little journey together,” Kamasi Washington told us at the outset. Nearly two hours later when that journey ended what had been striking about the trip was its the sheer scale. The LA-based tenor saxophonist called his 2015 magnum opus The Epic (which, at almost […]

Mar
18
2018

THE VAMPIRES

vamps res

Lawson Mechanics Institute, March 2 8/10 These Vampires are very much alive. A decade ago they were a little too close for comfort to the vein of Lloyd Swanton’s world-beat band The catholics. Now they are as distinct from them as everyone else, using reimagined rhythms from the Caribbean and Africa on which to set […]