Ella Fitzgerald mixed styles in a unique way while sticking to the work of one songwriter at a time. This recording shows how she could masterfully do this with a live orchestra.
Beethoven’s symphonies remain open to reinterpretation, as Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe demonstrate.
With Entering Heaven Alive Jack White offers the yang to the yin of Fear of the Dawn while broadening his musical palette.
Craft Recordings releases a 50th-anniversary edition of the Staple Singers’ soul classic ‘Be Altitude: Respect Yourself’ and the music has never sounded better.
Astragal reincarnate what made 1980s post-punk so compulsively listenable, helping them stand out in a fascinating genre with precious little competition.
The not-to-be-missed fourth album by EDM artist James Hinton aka the Range is simultaneously his most retro sounding and forward-looking. Mercury is engrossing.
Dan Tyminski and friends Molly Tuttle, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush join forces to pay tribute to bluegrass guitar legend Tony Rice on One More Time Before You Go.
John Moreland employs sampling, sequencing, and mellotron to turn his seemingly traditional story songs into something more avant-garde and original on Birds in the Ceiling.
Artificial Brain complete their tech death metal trilogy, Bekor Qilish open up new pathways of avant black/death grandeur, and Saor continue their folk journeys through blackened grounds.
A Lighter Shade of Blue encapsulates Christina Perri’s artistry in a way that reflects her journey in life and motherhood and is also a compelling reflection on grief.
It’s electrifying to watch Nona Hendryx wax poetic about Chaka Khan and Khan praise Mavis Staples and so on in Jessica Hopper’s essential series, Women Who Rock.