Michael Gray is the Bob Dylan of Dylan studies, a man whose Dylan criticism has done more to augment and illuminate Dylan’s art than all of his rivals combined.
John Prine’s Fair & Square has a little bit of everything: blues, politics, humor, sadness, introspection, soupy background vocals, and some rocked-up Carter family.
The new 25th Anniversary Edition of Buena Vista Social Club sheds light on the sessions that created an international phenomenon.
Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard tips his hat to Wayne Shorter’s past while pushing his own sound forward on Absence. It feels natural through and through.
Simone de Beauvoir’s Inseparable reveals the devastating consequences of succumbing to conventions at the expense of one’s own autonomy and well-being.
Creating her best work with In the Meantime, Alessia Cara proves that any process of healing is never black or white and doesn’t exist on a straight line.
As always, Daphne Gottlieb’s excellent Saint 1001 will please all of her readers – hetero and queer. Does that make her work “not queer enough” for Lambda?
The Body and BIG|BRAVE’s Leaving None But Small Birds is a rich, elemental, and engrossing slice of doom-laden American folk music.