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Funk Junkies play Marlboro’s Falcon

Funk Junkies play Marlboro’s Falcon

Friday, Feb. 23: This 13-piece funk orchestra includes a five-piece horn section, and delivers their versions of music by Tower of Power, James Brown, the Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, the Average White Band, Sly & the Family Stone, Chaka Kahn, Montel Jordan and Prince.

Andrew Bird transformed indie rock, and he’s coming to Kingston

Andrew Bird transformed indie rock, and he’s coming to Kingston

Wednesday, March 7: Andrew Bird will forever be associated with hallmarks of the New Serious: gorgeous proficiency on a non-rock instrument (violin); insanely deft mastery of the solipsistic technique of live, off-the-grid looping; High Plains whistling and the prevalence of glockenspiel; tremolo-noir guitars and lyrics that are big-brained, difficult to the point of being functional nonsense for most listeners and almost never about girls. 

Mad Satta’s Joanna Teters debuts new LP this Friday at BSP

Mad Satta’s Joanna Teters debuts new LP this Friday at BSP

Feb. 16: The dichotomies of Warmer When It Rains are perfectly illustrated in two contrasting (and stellar) ballads: “Midnight,” an entirely contemporary, hip-hop-inflected bit of production R & B, is all friction; stilted, glitch rhythms; electro-minimalism; and a huge hook. Five tracks later, the finale “So Easy to Love” is an exquisite and utterly naturalistic homage to uptown soul and Motown.