Back in 2008, Christian John Wikane profiled innovative R&B songstress Janelle Monáe and called her "a freedom fighter, a daydreamer, a storyteller, and, above all, a fiercely independent artist whose music bridges the fringe with the mainstream." She was a fairly off-the-radar performer then, but now she's poised for major exposure with her new album The ArkAndroid releasing on Bad Boy Records this week. On her new video for "Tightrope", she teams up with OutKast's Big Boi and channels some fine Michael Jackson dance moves.
China Miéville's October is a gripping, novelistic account of the Russian Revolution that offers the pleasures and rewards of a great novel.
When affairs of the heart and modes of modern communication become intertwined there's likely to be some confusion. Sub-Radio suggests we all get down to something more solid, defined.
Sabers and bayonets might not be weapons of choice today, but the phrase "fear caused the powerful to commit the most awful abuses" rings as true now as it did in 19th century Madagascar.
For quirky live-action manga, it doesn't get much sweeter than Kantaro: The Sweet-Toothed Salaryman.
Houston's Day for Night festival was more female any other festival I had attended with tons to offer (including shelter from a downpour).
The sophomore literary effort from the Welcome to Night Vale franchise hits a double, gets on base... but never makes it home.
Wayne Escoffery is a brash and brilliant tenor saxophonist presented with his working quartet featuring the still-abundant Ralph Peterson on drums.
The Nordic Americana band is at it again with an Americana number that captures the feeling of a yearning heartache.
Lo-fi guitar pop troubadours Hoops made waves with their exciting debut Routines last year, and follow it with this 18-song collection of their earlier work.
Returning five years after their strong Southern Lord debut, Rites of Separation, Agrimonia introduce the strongest chapter in their heavy post-metal vision.