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Thursday, September 22 2011

Various Artists: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love

The music is uniformly solid, even groovy. But there’s a sweetness to the singles.


Monday, September 19 2011

‘Bride Flight’ Is Beautiful but Predictable

Despite its serviceable storyline, Bride Flight is visually sumptuous and the characters are truly endearing.


Manu Chao: 5 September 2011 - New York

Labor Day at Terminal 5 with Manu Chao was as stirring as it was sweaty. That is, very.


Monday, September 12 2011

Big Harp: White Hat

While White Hat isn’t the most markedly original collection of character sketches that you might have heard, it is an album for the back porch with a beer in hand as the wind gently slams against the screen door.


Monday, July 25 2011

Blitz the Ambassador: Native Sun

Blitz the Ambassador combines the sound of Africa and hip-hop with a message that stretches across borders, languages and cultures.


Friday, July 8 2011

Syl Johnson: 24 June 2011 - Brooklyn

Seventy-four years young, Syl Johnson is as dynamic a performer as ever.


Thursday, July 7 2011

Bob Marley: The Untold Story

Bob Marley’s story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies, among other themes, political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare, and various periods in a mystical wilderness.


Sunday, June 26 2011

Warren Haynes: Man in Motion

The legendary guitarist explores his more soulful side.


Tuesday, May 10 2011

“You Can’t Blame Those Who Have Tried”: An Interview with Cedella Marley

In this revealing and open interview, Cedella Marley discusses her father's legacy, the planned bootleg series ahead, and what's currently missing in the current state of reggae music ...


Tuesday, May 3 2011

About Group: Start and Complete

Comprised of past or present members of – or contributors to – Hot Chip, This Heat and Spiritualized, About Group craft a sophomore release that’s somewhat improvisational in nature to surprisingly listenable results.


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Telepath: Crush (Capsule Reviews) [21.Feb.11]
Amanda Palmer: Goes Down Under (Reviews) [16.Feb.11]
Com Truise: Cyanide Sisters (Capsule Reviews) [8.Feb.11]
Bilal: Levels EP (Capsule Reviews) [2.Feb.11]
No BS! Brass: No BS! (Capsule Reviews) [20.Dec.10]
Onmutu Mechanicks: Nocturne (Capsule Reviews) [8.Nov.10]
Gecko Turner: Gone Down South (Capsule Reviews) [3.Nov.10]
Squarepusher: Shobaleader One EP (Capsule Reviews) [23.Sep.10]
Grupo Fantasma: El Existential (Reviews) [1.Aug.10]
Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy (Reviews) [13.Jun.10]
Whitefield Brothers: Earthology (Capsule Reviews) [16.Mar.10]
The Slits: Trapped Animal (Reviews) [4.Mar.10]
Maiysha: 23.Jan.10 - New York (Notes from the Road) [25.Jan.10]
Carla Bley: Carla’s Christmas Carols (Capsule Reviews) [10.Nov.09]
The Messengers (Columns) [11.Oct.09]
Kylie Auldist: Made of Stone (Capsule Reviews) [8.Sep.09]
Verse-Chorus-Verse: Nina Simone (Sound Affects) [17.Aug.09]
Various Artists: Funk Aid for Africa (Capsule Reviews) [29.Jul.09]
Franz Ferdinand: Blood (Reviews) [2.Jun.09]
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