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Murder ballads and Moog guitars

Local fiddler Rayna Gellert has performed with Uncle Earl, Abigail Washburn and Toubab Krewe; she’s recorded with Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright III and John Paul Jones among others. Now she’s set to drop her solo debut album, “Old Light,” with a special pre-release party (including advance copies of the CD) at the Grey Eagle on Sept. 4. Photo by Jon Estes.

Start LAAFFing even sooner

The biggest change for this year’s Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival is that, while it won’t keep its two-day format from last year (that expansion was special for the festival’s 10th anniversary), it will include a Saturday night component. And that new addition, the Pre-LAAFF-A-Thon Pub Crawl, is an adult oriented evening of music, […]

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The big year

DJ and multi-instrumentalist Marley Carroll is in the middle of a big year. His spring included touring with Emancipator and festival dates at Coachella and Sasquatch; at the end of June he opened for Moby. Twice. ‘This has been definitely the best year as far as touring and getting exposure,’ he tells Xpress. ‘I hope […]

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From movies to Moogerfoog­ers

LAAFF is more than bands, hula hoops, stilt walkers and costumes. It’s also educational. In fact, some of the festival’s interactive events teach skills, hone talents and offer workshop experiences that seem credit-worthy. (It may still be summer on the calendar, but school’s already back in session.) Here are two A-plus activities. Moving Minds Through […]

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Shore thing

Not that there haven't been highly educated bands before, but Nashville-based Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes boasts a doctor (of folklore and ethnomusicology) among its ranks. That's guitarist Timon Lance. Frontman Ellsworth studied classical composition before graduating with a degree in jazz performance. So how does that impact the high-energy indie-rock quartet? The band […]