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New Music From Mdou Moctar, Lacing

For some, “desert blues” or Saharan blues or Tuareg rock (take your pick of what you want to call it) from west Africa might immediately bring to mind fiery electric guitar-driven rock, marked with agile runs backed with propulsive beats.



The stunning new solo album from percussionist Tony Buck—best known as a member of the Australian piano/bass/drums trio The Necks—hovers on its own plane of existence, hinting at genres yet never giving in to conformity. In a single 51-minute ... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:24 PM Record Reviews

Any sprawling double-album in the pop/rock realm will automatically garner comparisons to the Beatles’ 1968 self-titled album (a.k.a. “The White Album”), and while most people will linger on the album’s diversity, what’s particularly remarkable ... more

Sep 6, 2017 12:02 PM Record Reviews

A Chicago-to-NYC transplant, trumpeter Jaimie Branch unleashed her quartet last year in Brooklyn as part of a showcase, because she “wanted New York to hear what Chicago sounds like.” One irony of NYC is that it can be simultaneously invitingly ... more

Aug 30, 2017 12:35 PM Record Reviews

Sometimes when scouring back alleys in an attempt to discover local music, I stumble upon some hidden magical sounding tunes. When I landed on the How to Date a Mink Soundtrack by Sour Lemonade, I was certain that I was misled by the internet. more

Aug 23, 2017 11:32 AM Record Reviews

Shrouded in mystery with hidden identities, the local concern Meinschaft (German for “community”) could lay claim to the title of “Most Provocative Band” in the area, having confronted live audiences with confusing and potentially offensive ... more

Aug 16, 2017 12:24 PM Record Reviews

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