All posts by John Burdick

Kim Gordon’s Body/Head plays BSP in Kingston

Kim Gordon’s Body/Head plays BSP in Kingston

Friday, July 20: With her first consistent post-Sonic Youth project, Kim Gordon certainly did not make a beeline toward pop and the big payday. Body/Head – her somewhat unsettling collaboration with guitarist Bob Nace – is, if anything, more abstract and less congenial than most anything Sonic Youth ever recorded. 

Steely Dan & the Doobie Brothers at Bethel Woods

Steely Dan & the Doobie Brothers at Bethel Woods

Saturday, July 14: Chart-toppers from bygone eras teaming up for nostalgia shows at the big-shed summer venues: This has been a model of success for years and years, a way to tap not just a band’s legacy but an era’s. So what it is about this one that surprises me? I guess it is the thought of Steely Dan playing nice with any of their era peers and ever agreeing to period branding such as this. 

Nels Cline 4 at Helsinki Hudson

Nels Cline 4 at Helsinki Hudson

Saturday, July 7: ne of the brassiest ideas Jeff Tweedy ever had was to open Wilco’s elegant and inclusive progressive-roots sound to the shred-grade chops of Nels Cline. Let’s be clear: Hip people hate chops, and let’s be equally clear: Cline has them and makes no attempt to hide them.

Samantha Hunt reads from The Seas in Rhinebeck

Samantha Hunt reads from The Seas in Rhinebeck

Tuesday, July 10: Dave Eggers declared the Tivoli writer “one of the most distinctive and unforgettable voices I have read in years.” Hunt’s recently reissued novel is about a young woman who believes herself to be a mermaid. She falls in a love with a damaged veteran of the first Iraq war, a fisherman named Jude.

Ed Sanders reads from his new RFK book in Kingston

Ed Sanders reads from his new RFK book in Kingston

Sunday, July 1: Locally, the pillar of Ed Sanders’ fame might well be his lead role in the band of rock ‘n’ roll subversives known as the Fugs, but internationally he will always be known principally as the best-selling author of The Family, the first great work on Charles Manson. Sanders is an unabashed fan of RFK and of what might have been.

Maverick launches its 103rd season of music in the woods

Maverick launches its 103rd season of music in the woods

June 30-September 2: Maverick Concerts in Woodstock is the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America. Lest that sound too staid and venerable, Hervey White’s Maverick colony, of course, was an incubator of progressive thought in society and in all the arts. Maverick Concerts is White’s legacy, and the current curators honor that with an inclusive approach to programming and repertoire that is anything but pandering.