Author Archive | Vivian Wang

Traveller at AmericanaFest NYC @ Hearst Plaza 8/12/17. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Amanda Shires, Flaco Jimenez and Traveller Dazzle At AmericanaFest NYC [PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: ROOTS OF AMERICAN MUSIC: AMERICANAFEST NYC @ HEARST PLAZA 8/12/17

New York, NY- Americana is an ever-evolving genre, a shapeshifting shorthand reference that encompasses the deep roots and sprawling branches of American music, from country to folk to blues to rock and beyond. It includes the likes of Alabama Shakes, Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Sturgill Simpson, and Valerie June. It’s altogether fitting, then, that this weekend’s […]

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Rickie Lee Jones at NPR's "Turning The Tables" @ Damrosch Park 7/26/17. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Pioneering Women of the Classic Album Era Take Center Stage [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: NPR'S TURNING THE TABLES @ DAMROSCH PARK 7/26/17

New York, NY- That wasn’t just sweat on the faces of Lincoln Center concertgoers on a balmy Monday night — those were genuine tears of joy in seeing legends like Roberta Flack and Ronnie Spector from a mere arm’s length away, commanding the stage and reminding us of their roles in music history. NPR Music, […]

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The xx @ Forrest Hill Stadium 5/19/17. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

I See You: The xx Returns To NYC [PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: The xx w/ Sampha @ Forrest Hill Stadium 5/19/17

The sinuous movements, like their hushed, intimate songs, suggest both seduction and confrontation. On Friday night at New York’s historic Forest Hills Stadium, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim — vocalists/guitarists of The xx — traced steps toward and away from each other, as if in a looped recording of a lovers’ quarrel and reconciliation. […]

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Miles Nielsen @ Mercury Lounge 4/2/17. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Rusted Hearts, Pristine Songs: Miles Nielsen’s Genre-Bending Music [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: MILES NIELSEN & THE RUSTED HEARDS @ MERCURY LOUNGE 4/2/17

After the show at New York’s Mercury Lounge, Miles Nielsen shows me his new ink. His right forearm reads “Sydney,” his left, “Milan.” These are his daughters’ names, written out in their handwriting. And on the underside of his arms are their birthdays. “Someone told me these are the most wholesome tattoos ever,” he says with a […]

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Richard Ashcroft (of The Verve) @ Terminal 5 3/21/17. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Break the Night: 90’s Legend, The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, Returns To New York [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: RICHARD ASHCROFT & ANTHONY D'AMATO @ TERMINAL 5 3/21/17

His hair is shaved, his features ascetically angular, and his eyes concealed behind dark shades. Standing center stage with hands clasped, Richard Ashcroft‘s presence feels nothing short of shamanic. The crowd, clamoring in anticipation just moments before, falls into a reverential silence. Twenty years have elapsed since The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” swept the world. […]

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FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) @ Webster Hall 3/23/17. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

French phenom FKJ dazzles at Webster Hall [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: FKJ (FRENCH KIWI JUICE) @ WEBSTER HALL 3/23/17

If Mozart played funk in the 21st century, he might sound almost as good as FKJ. The multi-instrumentalist Parisian, also known as French Kiwi Juice, is a rapidly rising star of the electronic and French House genres. On March 23, 2017, FKJ filled both floors of New York City’s Webster Hall with supremely danceable layers of […]

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SUSTO @ Mercury Lounge 1/24/16. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Kaleidoscope Visions & Sonics: A Chat With SUSTO [INTERVIEW+PHOTOS] INTERVIEW+PHOTOS: SUSTO @ Mercury Lounge 1/24/17

SUSTO‘s kaleidoscopic blend of rock, roots, and psychedelia is pushing the boundaries of the Americana genre. Fresh on the heels of the release of “& I’m Fine Today”, the Charleston band is criss-crossing the country in a four-month tour, both headlining and as support for The Lumineers. “Susto” translates loosely as “fright” or “panic attack” — in […]

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Native Instruments Session @ Red Bull Studios NYU 12/14/16. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Sonic Identities: Native Instruments at Red Bull Studios NY The Future Of Sound: New Technologies For Music Creators

“Enjoy every day in the studio. I’m fifteen years in and I cherish it every day. Don’t cut those corners.” For an evening focused on new technologies in sound design, the advice from producer Nick Hook (Young Thug, Action Bronson, Run the Jewels), was a return to the roots of artistic creation — the passion […]

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Tamer Nafar & Marcus Mumford @ Le Poisson Rouge 12/5/16. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

Crossing Borders: Marcus Mumford Joins Palestinian Hip-Hop’s Tamer Nafar [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: Tamer Nafar @ Le Poisson Rouge 12/5/16

“My mother told me, don’t get involved in politics – it’s like stepping into a fire. But I say, I want to be a firefighter. If there’s a building that is burning, I want to get people out.” – Tamer Nafar With that segue, Palestinian hip-hop artist Tamer Nafar continued a scorcher of a set […]

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