Music: Of Punks, Trouts and Finns

A sampling of the best listening on the winter releases

Laurie Anderson: United States Live (Warner Bros., five disks). Laurie Anderson's United States, Parts I-IV, which premiered two years ago at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is the work that first brought the avant-garde form of performance art to a wide audience. A dazzling synthesis of music, narration and film, Anderson's free-associating view of American materialism was marked by both wry humor (I dreamed I had to take a test in a Dairy Queen on another planet, goes one section) and an imaginative use of technology: with a device called a Vocoder, she can speak and sing in chords. Anderson's unsettling...

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