The most rewarding work as a critic is not in evaluating the flow of big menu items from established artists, but in sampling the little dishes that come along -- like this quartet of obscure, interesting stuff from 2007's first half.
Clive James Proves That Great Literature Is Not Dead
Night Beds: Ivywild
Tom Cruise Teaches the Genre What Action Is All About With 'Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation'
The Media Circus Begins in ‘Best of Enemies’
Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami
Various Artists: Shirley Inspired
Mark Springer: The Watching Bird / The Rip Rig and Panic Piano Solos
'Tangerines' Is a Passionate Plea for Diplomacy and Coexistence
"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.