Mike Heron went his own way to take a holiday from Incredible String Band, known for its folk roots, and experimented with rock. Here are seven of his best songs.
Cotton Mather’s Kontiki sports almost relentless invention, vitality, toughness, brightness, and irrepressible exuberance—a powder keg full of the joy of making music.
Alt-rocker Justin Mayfield talks about Ghedtair Composite, a hypnotic blend of Armenian folk standards mixed with a math-rock meets indie-folk hybrid.
Initially met with ridicule, annoyance, and even anger, Phoebe Bridgers’ SNL guitar-smashing performance might have Pete Townshend’s art professor applauding from his grave.
Thirty-five years later, the redemption narrative driving Paul Simon’s Graceland has expanded to excuse the morally questionable decisions he made in recording the album.
Before he sang about outcasts and shared the stage with Springsteen, Brian Fallon was singing songs like those in his new Christmas album, Night Divine.
The last live performance I saw before the pandemic shutdown was Robyn Hitchcock. Watching his remote concert from my bed, I can say I enjoyed it just as much.
UK MC Figure of Speech talks about his debut album, a judicious bridging between current affairs and the socially-conscious erudition of hip-hop’s early days.