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Written by | November 1, 2015 8:28 | No Comments

The sold out first in concert performance of the Phoebe Nir musical Diana “Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth” (“In a post-apocalyptic Southern Bayou, two sisters are separated by war, and must undertake perilous journeys to be reunited”) will be performed at 54 Below on Tuesday, November 3rd. The songs I’ve heard (listen for yourself here), go from sensitive singer songwriter to on the bayou swamp dogginess to borderline skronk. If you can find a way in, I recommend you do so.

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Written by | September 30, 2015 13:53 | No Comments

The pleasures here are all musical content, the power of the bass, the guitar licks, and Doncker’s torched earth vocal, but the more you listen to the more frustrating it becomes: “Church Is Burning Down” can do no more than observe, it is an act of witness.

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Written by | July 27, 2015 13:48 | No Comments

As for U2, they are going through the motions and letting the stage do their work for them and even so, when the song and the sound come together, tonight “I Will Follow”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Pride In The Name Of Love” and “Elevation”, they absolutely justify Tomas’ deep affection.

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Written by | July 19, 2015 12:43 | No Comments

I know Tomas won’t do any of them, and given our respective track records, I tend to think he is probably making the right decision. In the meanwhile, The Mess We Made, with its Beatles and Hendrix references, its rubabdub dubs, its Mayfield falsetto and simmering when not exploding anger, should be with us soon.

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Written by | May 28, 2015 17:43 | No Comments

Through the past three years, Tomas and his True Groove family have been releasing songs at a ridiculous clip, song after album after song and about to enter its third residency next week in less than year. Before things got completely out of hand, I though I’d work my way through the catalog and tell you what’s out there

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Written by | April 26, 2015 9:17 | No Comments

Doncker should be considered in the same breath as Kanye West in the 2010s. Simply: he is the best. Resolutely color blind, Doncker is a musical chameleon, a superb electric blues guitarists at home in any genre you throw at him. He is always working, always writing, always playing around town and always always always creating

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Written by | March 1, 2015 0:02 | No Comments

Gregory Porter is having some 2015, a top 10 album in the UK is great, and the loud and intense approval of your some of the biggest names in pop music, Sam Smith for one, should make this a big gig, but singing a duet with Van Morisson on Van’s next album? That’s BIG. You can catch Gregory yourself, alongside rock nyc friend, bluesman Tomas Doncker, on Sunday afternoon

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