Friday, March 24 2017
In the '80s, "The Micros" mixed tradition and avant-garde jazz with impunity and almost got famous doing it. Today they're just playing the blues.
Friday, March 10 2017
These cats blew all night and day a new, astonishing page into the jazz lexicon. What they couldn't do was get gigs in jazz clubs.
Thursday, March 2 2017
Sinkane’s counterintuitive approach to making (and performing) his music forces his roots to show unabashedly in ways that are almost punkishly defiant.
Tuesday, January 31 2017
No matter how much music I listen to every year, I miss some great records, somehow. Here are a half-dozen albums from 2016 that deserve our attention.
Monday, January 16 2017
American prog rock icon Neal Morse delves into the creation of his newest opus, The Similitude of a Dream.
Friday, January 6 2017
History doesn’t always tell us how to get it right. It sometimes warns us of the cost of getting it wrong. Art steeped in that history can remind us, if we’re paying attention.
Monday, December 5 2016
George Harrison knew that in the time and space that get between us and our food, there's a sense of longing.
Thursday, December 1 2016
Italy's favourite rapper mines the crates of American '90s hip-hop on his latest work.
Tuesday, November 22 2016
Jazz columnist Will Layman presents seven pieces of music as evidence of the beauty and urgency of pure sound in instrumental jazz.
Thursday, November 10 2016
Leonard Cohen endures and conquers. But does he mean something different to Millenial audiences than he did to their parents? Can the legend of Cohen escape its own clichés?
Wednesday, October 19 2016
Four recent releases demonstrate the stylistic range and power of jazz that isn't hemmed in by chords.
Tuesday, October 11 2016
Crescenzo is proud yet humble, blunt, and occasionally enigmatic in discussing Act V, as well as the past and future of The Dear Hunter in general.
Friday, September 30 2016
Melancholy, in its deepest truth, is not bereft of hope but rather relies upon it.
Thursday, September 8 2016
One of Sweden's most outspoken and celebrated rappers returns with an album of eerie hip-hop noir, where the heavy grooves luxuriate in the nebulous fog of despair.
Monday, August 29 2016
Beardfish may've broken up, but they left us with one of the most humorous, colorful, intricate, and distinctive discographies in all of progressive rock.
Thursday, August 25 2016
There are more podcasts than you can shake a flash drive at these days. Though the number of 'casts that embrace Americana music is growing, these two stand out.
Wednesday, August 10 2016
Becca Stevens, a perfect exemplar musician of boundary-less "jazz" in 2016, makes the case for the power and difficulty of art-pop in our age.
Monday, August 8 2016
How a song by Protomartyr keeps taking on new meaning in the age of Donald Trump.
Tuesday, July 19 2016
René Marie, like Gregory Porter, writes songs and creates records that have the soul and story-telling impulse to reach beyond jazz audiences.
Wednesday, July 13 2016
America's working poor exist in a shadow cast by the harsh light of prosperity. "Working Poor" speaks from those shadows, creates light within that space, and insists on being heard.