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Thursday, August 7 2014

Taylor McFerrin: Early Riser

Taylor McFerrin joins a growing field of jazz-influenced artists exploring the possibilities afforded by this once vital art form on his debut for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label.


John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: The Boston Record

At 72 years old, John McLaughlin can still storm the stage. His current band is pretty excellent too.


Wednesday, August 6 2014

Spider Bags: Frozen Letter

With Frozen Letter, the North Carolina trio dives headfirst into the psychedelic end of the garage rock pool.


Wildcat! Wildcat!: No Moon at All

The hooks are here, even when the lyrics aren't: a pleasant night drive to absolutely nowhere.


Lewis: L’Amour

There are vanity press curios and then there is Lewis’ L’Amour, the latest exceptional archival release uncovered by the crate diggers at Light in the Attic.


Rebirth Brass Band: Move Your Body

The New Orleans institution isn’t changing. Thank goodness.


Kate Tempest: Everybody Down

Confounding yet worthy of recognition, Everybody Down is a sound, if imperfect, effort.


Tuesday, August 5 2014

Nine Inch Nails + Soundgarden: Jones Beach, NY (Photos)

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden brought their co-headlining tour to Jones Beach in Long Island for a sold-out show.


Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

A cross-cultural beauty of a record. Soul-jazz-Afrobeat complexity illuminates an American singer’s encounter with Africa’s most important city. Best of the summer, of the year.


Jonah Tolchin: Clover Lane

Taking directions from Bourbon Street up to Maxwell Street, Jonah Tolchin's Clover Lane deserves its rightful place on the map as a really great Americana/blues record.


EDJ: EDJ

Former frontman of the Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson's first stab at a solo album is equal parts engaging and frustrating.


Umphrey’s McGee: Similar Skin

Despite its good yet forgettable songwriting, Similar Skin is still uplifting and colorful enough musically to warrant at least a few listens.


Various Artists: A Rough Guide to Indian Classical Music

A Rough Guide to Indian Classical Music does a tolerably good job of giving the listener a healthy taste of what this tradition is all about, without drowning the listener in five or six CDs.


Monday, August 4 2014

Spoon: They Want My Soul

They Want My Soul reminds that us Spoon's consistency isn't something we should take for granted.


Arkells: High Noon

Arkells seem to exist solely on a plateau of their own, and that's what makes them so darn special.


Denny Zeitlin: Stairway to the Stars

Explorations for jazz trio — traditional and yet now quite so, which is where this artist lives.


Various Artists: Red Hot + Bach

Red Hot + Bach can be intoxicatingly musical. It can also be the direct opposite.


Rabbitsss: Penguins

This is a delicate texture suspended between a colourful rendition of the rigors of contemporary music and ambient pop that somehow manages to retain a playful tone, slightly clouded by a few melancholic lines.


Friday, August 1 2014

Nona Hendryx: 7 July 2014 - New York

Nona Hendryx got unplugged and honored her classic soul group Labelle during her second sold-out engagement of 2014 at Joe's Pub.


Beth Orton: Central Reservation: Revisited

Central Reservation was one of the best albums released in the past 20 years, and although the bonus material gives some new insight, the power of the original remains as potent as ever.


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