Album Reviews: Cluster, Robbie Robertson and Punk 45: Les Punks

Album Reviews: Cluster, Robbie Robertson and Punk 45: Les Punks

Cluster Kollektion 06: Cluster 1971-1981 (Bureau B) In the ’70s, Cluster’s Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius were part of Germany’s glorious outpouring of synth-based instrumental rock, simultaneously extending ’60s experimentalism and pointing forward not only to the golden age of synthpop, but to bands like Stereolab, Tortoise and Boards of Canada. Cluster’s psychedelic soft bulletins […]

China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale lead Pink Martini through holiday classics and new favorites at the Paramount on Sunday. Photo by Chris Hornbecker

Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale plays politics

The connection between music and politics bears the same nuances as any standard relationship: It can be complex and messy, yet symbiotic. Between protest songs, benefit concerts and artists serving as activists, music and politics have long inspired and fueled one another. Portland, Oregon, pianist Thomas Lauderdale sought to marry the two when he founded […]