With only two (and a half, if you count a stage tucked into the rafters) venues and no simultaneous music performances, the weekend’s schedule begets an emphasis on deep and careful listening and invites musicians who aren’t afraid of a bit of intimacy.
”Look at all the beautiful New Yorkers,” William Basinski said in his strange, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Texas lilt. He addressed a crowd of hundreds, stacked in the pews and spilling into the aisles, as he stood at the center of the altar of St. George Episcopal Church on Saturday night.
”...it's a mutual decision. We were after all, the lowest rated show on the network, something that I take no small amount of pride in. Anyone who knows me knows - if I'm not going to be number one, I see no sense in being number four, or number six.”
Noname, on the heels of her Pitchfork Festival set in July, looked absolutely radiant as she floated about the stage, buoyed by a skillful backing band that enhanced Noname's signature soft R&B sound behind her confident and uptempo delivery...
At NPR's Turning The Tables Live at Lincoln Center on Wednesday (8/1) night, the emphasis was on pop. Ann Powers moderated a song circle that included Carly Rae Jepsen, Mitski, Jamila Woods and Phoebe Bridgers with equal parts reverence and amusement.
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