It’s been almost 30 years since Cuneiform Records released its first LP and the Silver Spring specialist in all things experimental continues to release music that challenges easy genre classification. Two Cuneiform artists—local guitar-and-cello duo Janel and Anthony and Portland, Ore., quintet Blue Cranes (shown)—fall under the spotlight at tonight’s show at Union Arts. The [...]
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D.C. doesn’t make too many waves in mainstream music, but who cares? We’re not lacking for great local music—nor the DIY record labels that support it.
Any rockist outside of town probably associates D.C. with the fabled Dischord label, and hip-hop heads undoubtedly know about Wale’s The Board Administration imprint and Raheem DeVaughn’s 368 Music Group. [...]
Janel Leppin and Anthony Pirog have been fixtures in the D.C.-area experimental music scene for some time, and the release of their new record, Where Is Home, on Silver Spring-based Cuneiform Records seems like a partnership that should have happened long ago.
I was first introduced to Janel and Anthony at the second Avant Fairfax festival [...]
...but it's in Baltimore. Nevertheless, Cuneiform's two-day festival is worth the drive north, assuming you're into experimental rock or forward-thinking jazz.
Nov. 19 is the festival's rock day, and the lineup includes Alec K. Redfearn & the Sore Eyes, Upsilon Acrux, Afuche, Zevious, Hamster Theatre, and Thinking Plague. This show is at Orion Studios, and starts [...]
Avant-Gored: The Ballad of The Muffins and D.C.’s Experimental Scene, Before and After Punk Killed Them
The Muffins in Rockville in 1979
It’s a somewhat ludicrous thing to say about an event that spotlights so many alienating artists, but in its 10th year, the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music feels, well, kind of big.
This year there are veteran prog and avant-rock draws, like Magma and Univers Zero, and the noise and [...]
It's probably a pretty rare occurrence that New York City residents turn to D.C. for help, advice, or anything else when it comes to cutting-edge culture. But lo and behold, I just got word that Silver Spring's Cuneiform Records has been asked by John Zorn to curate two weeks of concerts at that nonprofit haven [...]
A new batch of good shit from Cuneiform Records only comes three times a year, so each time is worth noting. May will see Cuneiform put out:
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes
Miriodor – Avant!
The Ed Palermo Big Band – Eddy Loves Frank
Positive Catastrophe – Garabatos Volume One
Upsilon Acrux – Radian Futura
Let's see. This is all potentially [...]
Cosmologic are a four-piece jazz combo and a recent signing to Silver Spring's Cuneiform Records. They fit in well with the rest of Cuneiform's jazz output: stuff that is very recognizably coming from within the jazz tradition, but pushes boundaries in any number of subtle ways. Not really free jazz and certainly not unrestrained collective [...]