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The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Live: Thumbscrew at Luna’s Cafe

Though Sacramento isn’t attracting established big-name jazz artists, we have had a strong run of acclaimed, up-and-coming younger artists dropping in at venues where audience support is loyal. Ross Hammond’s Nebraska Mondays – now nearing its fifth year at Luna’s – continues that string with the heady Brooklyn-based collaborative band Thumbscrew.

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The Sacramento Bee
Cowboy Junkies members maintain musical, actual kinships

Canada’s Cowboy Junkies first entranced America with the critically beloved 1988 alt-country album “The Trinity Session,” recorded via a single microphone in a Toronto church and highlighted by a languid cover of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane.”

The Junkies’ musically diverse 1990s albums showed they were more than a...

Alison Toon
Beautiful, beautiful Ireland: here’s your virtual tour.

Jun 18, 2014
Beautiful, beautiful Ireland: here’s your virtual tour.

Recently, I've been doing a lot of travelling with my new job at Smartling (oh, you thought taking music photos paid the mortgage? Not quite, my dear, not quite!). Turkey, USA east coast, Palm Springs, the South of France, and now... Ireland. With...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Miners Foundry presents The Wailers on July 16

Miners Foundry presents The Wailers on July 16

KNOW & GO WHO: The Wailers Celebrate 30th Anniversary of “Legend” WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, All-Ages WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA TICKETS: Tickets are $25.00 Advance, $30.00 Door. Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch...

The Sacramento Bee
From N.Y. radio, Sacramento native’s words move the hip-hop world

NEW YORK – Ebro Darden lives at the epicenter of a contentious music conversation.

At issue: Whether New York’s Hot 97 – perhaps the nation’s most prominent and influential hip-hop radio station – is doing enough to promote burgeoning artists.

It’s a topic that’s heated up...

Alison Toon
Classical music, why it’s important, and what the UK is doing about it

Jun 16, 2014

I know I've said it before, but I feel incredibly lucky to have grown up and been educated at a time when the arts, including music and theatre, were considered not an extra, but a vital part of the school curriculum.Our high school, Wreake Valley, in ...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Exclusive: World-renowned pianist Alessio Bax to perform in Grass Valley

Exclusive: World-renowned pianist Alessio Bax to perform in Grass Valley

InConcert Sierra has brought world-renowned pianists Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson and Nikolaî Lugansky to the foothills. Now it presents Italian classic pianist Alessio Bax on March 31, 2015, in Grass Valley, our magazine has learned. Bax is a Steinway Artist and considered “perhaps the most elegant of today’s young pianists,” according to the The New...

Alison Toon
In Dublin’s fair city, I can’t help singing about Molly Malone

Jun 14, 2014
In Dublin’s fair city, I can’t help singing about Molly Malone

Everywhere you go in the centre of Dublin, Ireland, you'll find music in one form or another.Buskers on the street in Temple Bar, the medieval-cobbled-narrow-street area on the south side of the Liffey River, Dublin's "cultural centre", full of traditi...

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The Sacramento Bee
Steve Forbert takes the long view on music and fame

Steve Forbert was reading an article in Rolling Stone recently about a man and a woman made Internet famous by their artistry on the fast-twitch social video app Vine. Between them, they collected more than 8 million followers, fans anxiously awaiting the next snippet of creativity.

Eight...

The Sacramento Bee
Dianne Reeves brings rich jazz vocals to Harris Center

The key to distinction in jazz has always been in creating a unique sound.

The vocalist Dianne Reeves understands this better than most, and though her rich, regal vocals can be compared to the legendary Sarah Vaughn, Reeves’ voice and approach are very much her own.

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