This 27-year-old Brazilian guitarist has chops to spare and some very talented friends; if it wasn't only 35 minutes long, one could well describe On the Way as "jam-packed" wth great Rio-based jazz music. The rest of his trio -- André Vasconcellos on bass and Márcio Bahia on drums -- is skillful but understated on tunes like "Viewpoint" and "Horta & Guinga", but they really get funky on the six-minute burner "Tribute to Baden" (for master guitarist Baden Powell), where Bahia makes his kit sound like a hyperactive drum machine. But the tracks where Santiago plays solo, while extremely beautiful, might be too mellow for short attention span U.S. people, so you might want to ready yourself with some tasty wine and soft lights first.
As The Final Year quietly argues, if the United States' electorate fails to elevate itself to a higher level of political vernacular than coarse tweets and reality TV-style colloquies, then 2016 may be the best year the US will have had for a long time to come.
New single from dark duo VOWWS conjures classic James Bond scores while avoiding all the stuff we've all heard before.
Soulful balladeer Reigen reminds us that sometimes not knowing is a real place to start understanding.
There's a ghostly suggestion of Philip Roth's writing voice in Portnoy's Complaint in this novel; a relatively calm voice, this time in the third person, documenting the madness.
The Hackensaw Boys reboot Blaze Foley's Reagan-era "Oval Room" in light of the current political climate with scorching results.
Eric Benoit fuses elements of dance, folk, and alternative styles in the experimental "Dragonflies", wherein the artist delves into some uncomfortable realities.
An avant-garde classic or a sneering joke? Third Reich 'n Roll may be over 40 years old, but it still sounds like it's been beamed down from the future.
Pulp functions less as a pulpy mystery or gangster tale than as a spoof of same, albeit a spoof that retains a noirish sense of fate and power.