UNLIKE, SAY, THE BEATLES, YOKO ONO DOESN'T have much of a market for her old outtakes--so John Lennon's widow just has to keep producing new material and fresh performances. Last week in New York City, backed by Ima, her son Sean Ono Lennon's alternative-rock trio, she appeared at the Knitting Factory, a trendy performance space that often showcases culty bands. The set, featuring songs from her latest CD, Rising, was deliberately abrasive, her wailing voice (which evoked Eastern devotional music) propelled by Ima's churning, mid-tempo guitar rock (Lennon's guitar work was blunt and unobtrusive). Ono's best moments came on Will I--a...

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