Dustin Christensen's Sad Songs is an excellent example of an EP set that has the structure and thematic coherence of an LP. Debra Fotheringham's latest compliments with the most searching and self-assured music of her solo career.
Directors Granik and Morano explore the tenuous bonds that connect us to society and the repercussions of tearing them apart.
Emily Pinkerton, Patrick Burke, and the NOW Ensemble Beautifully Unite the Traditional and the Contemporary
On Rounder Songs, Appalachian folk ballads are realized through a post-minimalist context. Never descending into irony or cliche, it's an excellent album that honors tradition in a lovingly modern way.
Most of the songs on the album are lesser-known hits, providing a good opportunity to become acquainted with a wider breadth of Franklin's discography.
Austrian Tolkien fanatics Summoning return five years after Old Mornings Dawn and continue to explore the lore and fables of Middle-Earth through their atmospheric brew of black metal.
Mary Gauthier's latest is an important album that gives voice to the soldiers of our ongoing wars. These stories deserve to be heard.
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.
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.
All Melody is as artistic an album as anything Nils Frahm has created before, owing as much to abstract art as classical music.
Prize-winning historian Jane Kaminsky's Revolution in Color paints the era of the American Revolution with beguiling precision; John Singleton Copley, a man who resisted what we regard as the inevitable outcome of the era, emerges sharp and distinct.
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.
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.