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Thursday, September 20, 2018
gramola
The compact disc is still a viable archival medium, especially for classical music I just read a Japanese best-seller about cleaning. The basic premise is that if you reduce your belongings to a perfect minimum of only those things you feel deeply about, then designate each a special place in your home, you will live the rest of your days...
Vienna closes its concert halls in the summer, but the nearby countryside offers a plethora of musical events For much of July and August, Vienna’s concert halls lock their doors. But the state of Lower Austria, which embraces Vienna from all sides, makes up for the shortfall by hosting concerts across the entire countryside. Plethora means an excessive amount of something,...
Pixies
The alternative rock icons come to town with a brand new album A huge influence on the grunge movement and bands like Nirvana, Blur or Radiohead, this seminal band from Boston is fronted by Black Francis (sometimes known as Frank Black). Still going strong after reuniting in 2004, they continue their signature sound with their new album Head Carrier. Only their sixth...
saul williams
Saul Williams incites the braying masses to revolt, a frustrated prophet for the digital age. In modern times, hacking is associated with the act of  “gaining unauthorized access to data in a system or computer.” This is precisely what slam poet/artist/rapper Saul Williams wants all of us to do – except, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a computer we...
Blue Bird Festival
The Vienna Songwriting Association puts indie music on center stage Giving artists the chance to wow an audience hungry for newcomers, the Blue Bird Festival beckons with an eclectic line-up of rock, folk, blues, electric and country, showcasing the versatility of contemporary folk and singer/songwriting. Organized by the not-for-profit Vienna Songwriting Association, the three-day festival is now in its 12th edition,...
Pink Martini Jazz Fest Wien
An impressive line-up of big names in venerable venues await Going strong since 1991, this major date on the summer festival circuit starts right as most classical venues close for the summer,  ­drawing world-class talent by  the prospect of ­playing in locations like the Staatsoper, ­Musikverein or the Rathaus itself. As with other famed Jazz festivals such as Montreaux, the...
The 1970s pop icons are reunited and on tour at Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, and up-and-coming tour Vienna’s most storied venues at the Waves Festival Here are two events no music lover should miss this summer: Electric Light Orchestra Nearly as iconic to the 1970s as bell bottoms, platform shoes and mullet hairstyles, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and their quirky...
Péter Eötvös’s Tri Sestri at the Staatsoper: A cornerstone work about paths not taken, memory and farewells It takes only about ten notes of a lonely accordion to set the mood. All the more jarring, then, is the first line seconds later: “That music is so cheerful.” Tri Sestri (Three Sisters), by Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös, is based on Anton Chekhov’s...
The city’s monster festival offers a little something for everyone Drawing a staggering 3.3 million over three days last year, Donauinselfest, the largest free festival in Europe has come a long way from its origins as an  unexpectedly successful "cultural spring festival" thrown by a SPÖ (Social Democratic Party of Austria) district branch on the nearly-completed island in 1983. Still organized...
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