Reviews

Gracie Abrams and the Secret of Confessional Writing

Gracie Abrams and the Secret of Confessional Writing

The strong hooks on The Secret of Us provide the missing third dimension to Gracie Abrams’ songs and create a winning formula that could sustain more albums. 

All-Star Lineup Celebrates Linda Thompson at City Winery NYC

All-Star Lineup Celebrates Linda Thompson at City Winery NYC

The collective effort to bring folk legend Linda Thompson’s ‘Proxy Music’ and this musical night saluting it to life was nothing short of magical.

Cicadastone’s ‘Future Echoes’ Is Grunge’s Rip-Roaring Last Stand

Cicadastone’s ‘Future Echoes’ Is Grunge’s Rip-Roaring Last Stand

Cicadastone’s Future Echoes is a gleeful, rip-roaring, endlessly entertaining beat-down of everything sensitive or delicate in our homogenized society.

MUNA’s New Live Album Is a Joyous Hometown Victory

MUNA’s New Live Album Is a Joyous Hometown Victory

For two nights in Los Angeles, queer indie-pop trio MUNA put on a joyous homecoming concert ten years of dreaming in the making.

Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion Reunite for Genre-Defying LP

Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion Reunite for Genre-Defying LP

The combined forces of composer/vocalist/violinist Caroline Shaw and accomplished ensemble Sō Percussion continue to thrill and amaze.

The Black Watch Might Be Signaling the Beginning of Their End

The Black Watch Might Be Signaling the Beginning of Their End

With Weird Rooms, John Andrew Fredrick and the Black Watch are at the late height of their powers and perhaps the end of their life as a group.

Rising Appalachia Offer a Tantalizing Collection of Covers

Rising Appalachia Offer a Tantalizing Collection of Covers

Rising Appalachia’s harmonies on “I Need a Forest Fire” are downright mesmerizing, as they deliver a zeitgeisty performance for one of 2024’s top tracks.

The Art of Psychological Warfare

The Art of Psychological Warfare

From marketing manipulation to all-out psychological warfare, Stories Are Weapons clarifies how our world – and worldview – is seldom our own.

KOKOKO! Electrify on the Intensely Innovative ‘Butu’

KOKOKO! Electrify on the Intensely Innovative ‘Butu’

KOKOKO!’s Butu is full of heat and movement, from the traffic sounds that start the opening track “Butu Ezo Ya” to the final claps of razor-sharp “Salaka Bien”.

Rory Block Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan and New York Roots

Rory Block Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan and New York Roots

Blues singer/guitarist Rory Block reaches back to her youth for inspiration in this tribute to Bob Dylan, choosing tunes that “touched her heart and soul”.

Dirty Three Prove the Theory That Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three Prove the Theory That Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three continue their long career of making organic, meditative post-rock jazz that always humbly approaches a single moment, without pretense or distraction.

The Felice Brothers Seek Company in the ‘Valley of Abandoned Songs’

The Felice Brothers Seek Company in the ‘Valley of Abandoned Songs’

The Felice Brothers present us with a world where we can sing along with our imaginations and know we are all brothers and sisters on life’s journey.