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With Cornucopia, Björk thrillingly celebrates our future rather than her past

Björk at “Cornucopia” | photo by Santiago Felipe | via facebook.com/bjork

On “Future Forever” Björk promises to “build a musical scaffolding.” With Cornucopia, her meticulous and magnificent new staged concert at New York’s The Shed, she does exactly that. 

While the audience settles, bird songs and sweet jungle sounds loop. This creates a unique nature-like atmosphere inside The Shed’s industrial interior. After the lights dim, The Hamrahlíð Choir, an Icelandic children’s choir, appears in front of the stage. They preform a darling set, including a cover of Björk’s own “Cosmology.” Once they walk off, an animated video for “Family” is projected onto the curtains of dangling strings that guard the stage. As a glowing purple and yellow Björk fills the frame, the curtains thin out, revealing a stage made of mushroom-like platforms. Finally, singing the gibberish that opens “The Gate”, Björk arrives.

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This Day in Music History: Led Zeppelin records “All My Love,” John Lennon released Double Fantasy

John Lennon Double Fantasy
1970 – Elton John plays live in a recording studio, accompanied by just two musicians: Dee Murray on bass and Nigel Olsson on drums. The performance, which is broadcast on New York City’s WABC radio, is the first live FM broadcast from a music studio. The recording is later be released as 17-11-70, Elton’s first live album.

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PREMIERE: The Underwater Sounds share cover of Bjork’s “Joga”

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Underwater Sound | photo by Samuel Markey Photography

As we learned in the most recent High Key feature on Sonni Shine, The Underwater Sounds are calling it quits next month. For six years the reggae fusion outfit lifted spirits at over 600 shows and released several records, a run that culminates with February 5th’s farewell show / record release party for Visions of Love and Light pt. 2 at Underground Arts. For now, though, we have the premiere of “Joga,” a cover of Bjork’s song that has become a staple of The Underwater Sounds’ live show.

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Rounding up the best and brightest of Governors Ball 2015

Governors' Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Governors Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish

The annual Governors Ball festival is held at Randall’s Island in New York, wedged in between Upper Manhattan and Queens. The rain trickled down on Friday but that didn’t stop the ticket holders from trekking through to make it over for their favorite acts, most especially Philly’s The Districts who started off the fest Friday afternoon at 12:15. A bit too early for most, one would think, but they ripped through their set with a medium sized but lively crowd cheering along to the words of “Young Blood.” Continue reading →

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Moms Rock! The Key’s salute to our six favorite rock n’ roll mothers

Patti Smith, photographed by Annie Liebovitz in 1996 with her son Jackson and daughter Jesse

The awesome job of being a mother is impressive enough. But how about being a mother, and a rock n’ roll icon? An astonishing number of artists have managed the balancing act of family life and public life over the years, perhaps not getting the credit they’re due. Which hopefully will change sooner rather than later. An indie documentary called Rock N Roll Mamas celebrating the trials and triumphs of musical motherhood is making it’s way around the film festival circuit this year. And while it hasn’t yet screened locally, we’re doing our part on The Key on this Mother’s Day by saluting a half-dozen of our favorite rock n’ roll moms. It goes without saying that we’ve missed countless artists with offspring, and please let us know who they are in the comments.

Click here to start the Moms Rock! countdown.