Welcome to August! The month when Manhattan’s entire population of shrinks flees to their leaky, $500,000 fixer-uppers on the Cape-”Is that a mouse? Egads! A mouse!!”-with copies of The Noonday Demon tucked under their arm, leaving the rest of the city in a deep, unshakable depression, mostly because of the new subway Read More
At the age of 43, Afel Bocoum, a singer, guitarist, songwriter and farmer, has made his debut album, Alkibar (“Messenger of the Great River”), and it’s a wonder.
This isn’t good-time music. It comes from Mali, a landlocked, drought-stricken country in West Africa. Played with acoustic instruments and gentle percussion, Alkibar has a modest sound, Read More
Steve Nieve didn’t choose his fake showbiz name–it was thrust upon him.
Born Stephen Nason, he dropped out of the Royal College of Music in 1977 after answering the ad “Keyboard player required for rocking pop combo.” The combo turned out to be Elvis Costello’s new band, the Attractions, who embarked on a barnstorming tour Read More