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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for March 2015
By Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
Get a sneak peek of some of March's most compelling new releases, including albums from Courtney Barnett, Purity Ring, and Lightning Bolt. [27.Feb.15]
Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition)
Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin's first last album, represents the most grandiose expression of these Brits at the height of their powers. [27.Feb.15]
Steve Gunn and Black Twig Pickers: Seasonal Hire
The rough carpentry of these songs lets the dust fly, lets the grain show, but the songs are all the purer, all the sweeter, for their scuffs. [27.Feb.15]
Blood and Thunder: Violent Show of Power
Album anniversaries of the music of Led Zeppelin and Slayer highlight this week in metal: one is a sprawling double album epic, the other a stepping stone for one of metal's most important bands. [26.Feb.15]
Don't Want to Miss This Thing: An Interview with Aerosmith
Aerosmith has released concert DVDs before, but with Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, they are on the silver screen for one night only. Tom Hamilton tells us about the hits, the fits, and the pursuit of naughty bits. [26.Feb.15]
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Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin's first last album, represents the most grandiose expression of these Brits at the height of their powers.
The rough carpentry of these songs lets the dust fly, lets the grain show, but the songs are all the purer, all the sweeter, for their scuffs.
This noble experiment often overextends its reach, but does so with such charming confidence you can’t help but enjoy its ramshackle pop confections.
Expanded re-mastered releases of Bellybutton and Spilt Milk with live cuts and demos from power pop cult band Jellyfish.
From 1979 to 1982, Andre Gibson's band recorded countless tunes with audio engineering students at Columbia College. Universal Togetherness Band compiles a tight cross-section of those recordings, showing the band's tight chops and expansive taste.
At the peak of his game, Drake has begun to embrace the darker sides of success.
In an age of band reunions where anything is possible, we now have the Pop Group’s first album in 35 years.
Iyer’s trio returns for its ECM debut, a sharp rhythmic workout that continues this musician’s brilliant run.
The Hot Club of Cowtown fiddler Elana James makes it a point to let her folk flag shine high and mightily in her solo debut, Black Beauty.
Goffin understands the importance of keeping everything simple, from the music to the sentiments expressed.
On Restarter, Torche delivers the smoothest sludge.
The second instrumental adventure in the land of modular synthesizer from the golden voice of the Sea and Cake.
The Balkan Clarinet Summit has produced one of the most soulful, enjoyable, and diverse collaborative albums in some time.
Hypercolor is a New York trio, an absolute mess of influences that can't help but play around with a blender.
Blackberry Smoke's fourth studio album is appropriately named after an analogy meaning "you're the winner".
Gliss Riffer is by far Deacon's most successful and accessible full-length thus far, but it's just shy of being a masterpiece.
Australia's soul wunderkind Mahalia Barnes crosses her T's and dots her Betty Davis I's as she pays tribute to an artist who was too much, too soon.
With this EP, Pelican don’t seem to understand that promised tension that never delivers can be as frustrating as tension that never finds release.
This is feel-good music, played by a seasoned and assured troubadour equally at home on a spotlit stage or a front porch.
Kevin Drumm traffics in static, both the noun and the adjective.
The Merri Soul Sessions may be Kelly's most daring effort yet.
Never so pretty as Content or as clinical as their earliest efforts, this latest album from Gang of Four marks an ugly and interesting new era for the band.
How many modern electronic/downtempo acts take their primary inspiration from the Afrocentric American painter Romare Bearden? At least one.
London-based Doe resurrects '90s punk with a compilation of their First Four EPs.
The trumpeter, brother of guitarists Kevin and trombonist Robin, leads a sharp band of top players, and the result is a gem.
This year is barely eight weeks old, but Redemption of the Beast will likely be the worst rap album of the year.
Capsule Reviews
On Music for Church Cleaners Vol. I and II, O'Dywer, normally a harpist, brings her melodic sense of improvisation to the pipe organ. [26.Feb.15]
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By Dean Starkman and Ryan Faughnder
NEW YORK — BMI and Pandora are squaring off in a federal court here over a bitterly fought case that has become… [11.Feb.15]
Features
By Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
Get a sneak peek of some of March's most compelling new releases, including albums from Courtney Barnett, Purity Ring, and Lightning Bolt. [26.Feb.15]
Aerosmith has released concert DVDs before, but with Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, they are on the silver screen for one night only. Tom Hamilton tells us about the hits, the fits, and the pursuit of naughty bits. [26.Feb.15]
Columns
Continental Drift
For centuries, Tajikistan has seen just about every monarchy, kingdom, religious faith and culture sweep through its land, leaving an indelible impression on its people and music. [24.Feb.15]
Notes on Celluloid
So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night. [16.Feb.15]
From The Blogs
Album anniversaries of the music of Led Zeppelin and Slayer highlight this week in metal: one is a sprawling double album epic, the other a stepping stone for one of metal's most important bands. [26.Feb.15]
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