Musical curveballs are what’s exciting about going to concerts. Prolific performers like Mongolian folk metal band Tengger Cavalry can pick myriad songs to perform, along with touring with diverse performers that can accentuate their sound. On this tour, supporting jazz-meets-metal trio led by Felix Martin informed the audience of the musical intelligence found within Tengger Cavalry’s music. They might also be the most vital proponents, maybe even educators, in the dying art of throat singing.
Sirens wail at the end of Crack Sabbath sets, perhaps in case you weren’t already out of your seat. The ensemble, led by saxophonist Skerik, resembles more of a punk band playing jazz, or, the sort of jazz that had spunk like hard bop or Afrobeat before the genre retired with partial pension. That’s the thing, because as the name implies, they could tour with a traditional Black Sabbath cover band and hold pace.
I didn’t see as many concerts in 2016 as I did in previous years. Maybe career development, working on this site, and an oversaturation of lukewarm concerts in 2015 dissuaded me? I did see some memorable performances in 2016, intend to attend new venues, and especially want to get outside my concert comfort zone in 2017.
Since 2008, I’ve participated in a game of hearing as many albums released in that year as possible, and I’ve incorporated my own stipulations: no greatest hits albums with an unreleased song, no archival releases by posthumous musicians, and re-releases of albums officially released in another year don’t count. The complete list of the 104 albums I heard is over at my RateYourMusic account.