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Gil Scott-Heron
"Where Did The Night Go"
Playing at: Blue Note
(131 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village)
Get: Tickets (2 shows) | Directions

Poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron came in like a lion with his 1971 deep funk, proto-rap anthem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," and maintained both social and musical relevancy until the mid 1990s. But since 1994, the soulful troubadour had been largely absent from the music world -- until this year. Heron's new album, the trip-hop-esque I'm New Here, is a surprising departure from his past work, and it proves that the 60-year-old bard has no plans to go out like a lamb. On "Where Did the Night Go," Heron's sonorous, spoken-word account of staying up 'til dawn is underscored by an isolating industrial pulse.

NOTE: This song contains explicit lyrics.

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