Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Got My Vans On Edition

No Secret Language: All About Jazz has a lot of kind words for Silver Spring-based Cuneiform Records.

"Hosting bands such as Universe Zero, digging up and releasing archival material from groups such as Soft Machine, releasing consecutive double CDs from avant-garde jazz heroes such as trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, Cuneiform brags an impressive and eclectic roster of historic and contemporary artists. Cuneiform has expanded its reach over the years: its sweep now runs from England's Canterbury scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s to the contemporary downtown scene in New York City. Despite the decline in CD sales in the creative music marketplace, Feigenbaum maintains enthusiasm for unearthing lost or undiscovered musical treasures and producing new releases."

Also of note: Cuneiform's upcoming showcases in Baltimore and New York.

Pumped-Up Kicks: You were never going to bother to list the countless references Wale makes to sneakers, were you? That's cool. Complex did it anyway.

Shut It Down: After four years, The New Gay is peacing out—with a cat macro.

Yesterday on Arts Desk: Benjamin R. Freed threw down on Michael Kaiser's critiques of critics; Ford's Theatre is confused.

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