J. Edward Keyes

Streets of Your Town: This week's live shows in New York, featuring Kendrick Lamar, Thurston Moore, Ravi Coltrane and more:

Kendrick Lamar's good kid, a densely-layered, conceptually ambitious album, tells a story of redemption that grows deeper and more nuanced with each listen. He plays Roseland on Tues., Feb. 26.

Bio: J. Edward Keyes has been writing about music for nearly 15 years. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, eMusic, Pitchfork and MAGNET, as well as the 2006 edition of Da Capo’s Best Music Writing series. His favorite record of all-time is 16 Lovers Lane by the Go-Betweens.

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Streets of Your Town: This week’s live shows in New York, featuring Kendrick Lamar, Thurston Moore, Ravi Coltrane and more

Kendrick Lamar's good kid, a densely-layered, conceptually ambitious album, tells a story of redemption that grows deeper and more nuanced with each listen. He plays Roseland on Tues., Feb. 26.

Feb. 25, 2013

 
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Streets of Your Town: Live shows in New York, featuring TORRES, Kurt Vile, Patti Smith, Tune-Yards

Our weekly look ahead at the live music scene.

Feb. 18, 2013

 
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Streets of Your Town: This week’s live music with Lee Fields, Mavis Staples, Freddie Jackson, Dave Grohl and more

Lee Fields' 2002 album Problems is full of tense, twitching funk, capturing the same clammy anxiety as Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On, and last year's Faithful Man gave a similarly panicked treatment to tales of troubled romance. Songs like this are what Fields' voice is built for; raw and ragged, it barrels forward from within the smoky horn charts and grainy guitars, a bleeding heart in search of some relief.

Feb. 13, 2013

 
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Streets of Your Town: Live shows in New York, featuring the ‘Ecstatic’ festival, folk heroes and punk standbys

Tonight, another British act, Mumford and Sons (Feb. 6, Barclay's Center) takes a heavier hand with rustic music. Their arena folk, with its hurried tempos and hollered choruses, is simply stadium rock in Western garb. Better are Michigan's Frontier Ruckus (Feb. 9, Mercury Lounge), who deliver rollicking folk with lyrics that feel like short stories.

Feb. 6, 2013

 
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Streets of Your Town: This week’s concerts, with Lindi Ortega, Cat Power, ESG and more

After veering a bit too close to AM-radio soft rock on 2006's The Greatest, Cat Power returned to more dangerous sonic terrain with last year's stunning Sun, which spoke of both hurt and hope in equal measure.

Jan. 28, 2013

 
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Streets of Your Town: This week’s concerts, with Iceage, Big Freedia, Loudon Wainwright III, and more

Streets of Your Town: This week's best concerts, from rock to jazz to rap to everything else, including Iceage, Big Freedia, Loudon Wainwright III, and more.

Jan. 22, 2013

 
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Streets of Your Town: this week’s concerts, with Shelby Lynne, John Cale, Jessie Ware, and more

Streets of Your Town: This week's best concerts, from rock to jazz to rap to everything else, including Shelby Lynne, John Cale, Jessie Ware, and more.

Jan. 14, 2013

 
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Streets of Your Town: this week’s concerts, with Shuggie Otis, Sky Ferreira, Wale, and more

Streets of Your Town: This week's best concerts, from rock to jazz to rap to everything else, including Shuggie Otis, Sky Ferreira, Wale, and more.

Jan. 7, 2013

 
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Streets of Your Town: this week’s concerts, with Coldplay & Jay-Z, Amanda Palmer, Mighty Sparrow, and more

Streets of Your Town: This week's best concerts, from rock to jazz to rap to everything else, including Coldplay & Jay-Z, Amanda Palmer, Mighty Sparrow, and more.

Dec. 31, 2012

 
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Streets of Your Town: this week’s concerts, with Nicki Minaj, Wynton Marsalis, Phish, and more

Streets of Your Town: This week's best concerts, from rock to jazz to rap to everything else, including Nicki Minaj, Wynton Marsalis, Phish, and more.

Dec. 25, 2012