We’ve barely eclipsed the halfway point of 2017, yet the treasure trove of outstanding records culled from the vast cauldron known as the experimental music orb is mind boggling. We plucked out 10 of this year’s best thus far, a smattering from several months that has already served up a pile of records made by fearless musicians working on the fringes of jazz, classical, post-rock, metal and more. Dig into this batch and wait for that year-end list. It’s sure to be epic.
The month of June officially ushers in the festival season and there’s plenty to chew on. There’s the massive Brooklyn-wide Northside Festival, the 10th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival (on Sunday, June 11th and Sunday, June 18th), Infrequent Seams Festival at Willow Place Auditorium (on Monday, June 19th through Thursday, June 22nd), and Nothing / Everything Changes: Petr Kotik @ 75 with Philip Glass, George Lewis and Alex Mince with S.E.M.
With the start of May we enter the oft-dreaded beginning of Festival Season. But don’t jump to judgment too quickly: it’s not all flower crowns and Coachella—as your trusty Sages of All Things Good And Weird, we’re here to point you in the right direction. First up, the monolith known as the Red Bull Music Academy actually started up in April, but the fest continues with a pair of must-see spectaculars this month.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".