When Tom Jones performed at the NPR Music offices in 2009, it felt like an exercise in cruelty: His Tiny Desk Concert took a larger-than-life icon, a superstar for whom intimacy is implied but impossible on a huge stage, and shrunk him to where every bead of sweat could be seen. Young English folksinger Laura Marling, on the other hand, lives for that sort of intimacy.
In 1320 a landmark document set out the principles of democracy on which the U.S. constitution was later based and it helped inspire the Declaration of Independence. This letter, The Declaration of Arbroath, is remembered today in fiddler Laura McGhee's "Arbroath Suite."
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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:56 am
The huge popularity of EDM — electronic dance music — has led to a sea change in concerts lately, as huge crowds gather to watch brand-name DJs like Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Avicii. Nothing wrong with that, but it was great to be reminded last night at Celebrate Brooklyn that there are still bands playing dance music the old school way: with multiple human beings and instruments being played in real time.