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November 20, 2021


By: Laurie Gallardo

This is not a song that’s easily covered.

A 2019 article by musicologist/pianist Dr. Samantha Ege discussing her research for her own debut album Four Women: Music for Solo Piano by Price, Kaprálová, Bilsland and Bonds, Ege outlined her own exploration of the Nina Simone composition “Four Women.” Though controversy arose among some Black radio broadcasters upon the song’s original release in 1966, Simone made it clear that each portrait revealed the terrible struggle with “other-ness” placed upon the women by the ignorance and hatred of white societal expectation. They are four distinctly different individuals suffocated by the archetypes, by their invisibility in American culture.

In a stirring tribute to one of their biggest musical influences, Austin band NORI recorded Simone’s emblematic song of the desire for self-definition, featuring vocals by Akina Adderley, and a string trio. It’s a powerful finale for their forthcoming self-titled vinyl album, set for release December 3.

Nori has a show tonight, Saturday Nov. 20, at Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd., along with special guest Ray Prim. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.