Thursday, August 7 2014
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.
At 72 years old, John McLaughlin can still storm the stage. His current band is pretty excellent too.
Wednesday, August 6 2014
With Frozen Letter, the North Carolina trio dives headfirst into the psychedelic end of the garage rock pool.
The hooks are here, even when the lyrics aren't: a pleasant night drive to absolutely nowhere.
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.
The New Orleans institution isn’t changing. Thank goodness.
Confounding yet worthy of recognition, Everybody Down is a sound, if imperfect, effort.
Tuesday, August 5 2014
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden brought their co-headlining tour to Jones Beach in Long Island for a sold-out show.
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.
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.
Former frontman of the Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson's first stab at a solo album is equal parts engaging and frustrating.
Despite its good yet forgettable songwriting, Similar Skin is still uplifting and colorful enough musically to warrant at least a few listens.
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
They Want My Soul reminds that us Spoon's consistency isn't something we should take for granted.
Arkells seem to exist solely on a plateau of their own, and that's what makes them so darn special.
Explorations for jazz trio — traditional and yet now quite so, which is where this artist lives.
Red Hot + Bach can be intoxicatingly musical. It can also be the direct opposite.
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 got unplugged and honored her classic soul group Labelle during her second sold-out engagement of 2014 at Joe's Pub.
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.