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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Record Reviews

Two of the most outrageously fun Chattanooga shows in this writer’s recent memory were house shows featuring The Simple Pleasure, a group that provides escapism of the highest order. The duo serves up infectious new-wave-inspired electro-glam ... more

Feb 22, 2017 11:06 AM Features

The two-decade-strong Éthiopiques series on the French label Buda Musique has shone a light on the fruitful output of Ethiopia in the ‘60s and ‘70s, with strikingly fresh amalgams of traditional flavors infused in Western-world genres including ... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:58 PM Record Reviews

We’ve all had moments when our lips just didn’t seem fast enough to speak all the words we want or need to say, like perhaps reporting a horrible accident that just happened or enthusiastically and effusively expressing gratitude for a perfect ... more

Feb 8, 2017 11:19 AM Record Reviews

The NYC outfit Macula Dog has a wholehearted embrace of music absurdity and a self-awareness of its own weirdness, as opposed to outsider-type intrinsically inspired wanderings off the beaten path. Perhaps acting like a low-budget robot-obsessed ... more

Feb 1, 2017 10:26 AM Record Reviews

The globe-trotting label Sublime Frequencies has proven to be one of the most diversely fascinating labels currently operating, being a sort of more homegrown, rougher, exclusively non-Western-world version of Smithsonian Folkways. more

Jan 26, 2017 10:25 AM Record Reviews

The composer, electronic musician and accordionist Pauline Oliveros, who passed away last November, was perhaps best known for her “Deep Listening” practice and aesthetic—encompassing improvisation, healing, meditation and other aspects ... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:41 PM Record Reviews

It’s rare to encounter a musician with such diverse skills as percussionist Tim Feeney—a challenging composer and improviser, a creator of immersive sound installations ... more

Jan 11, 2017 11:08 AM Features

NYC keyboardist, singer and composer Judith Berkson has made a bold musical move with her one-woman-band Liederkreis, which is radically different than her two solo albums, Lu-Lu and Oylam, released under her own name ... more

Jan 4, 2017 11:14 AM Record Reviews

Although Atlanta saxophonist/composer Jeff Crompton has been at it for over 30 years, it seems like lately he has been particularly unstoppable; among his most recent accomplishments are the outstanding 2014 album Snake Nation ... more

Dec 28, 2016 11:37 AM Record Reviews

Among the endearingly long and extremely specific words in the German language is “Torschlusspanik” which refers to the feeling of panic when a door or gate is about to close ... more

Dec 21, 2016 11:19 AM Features

In British folklore, “black shuck” is a monstrous black ghost dog with flaming eyes that wanders the coasts, graveyards, forests and countrysides in the east part of England; if it crosses your path, it’s an ominous sign that death may not be far ... more

Dec 14, 2016 11:33 AM Record Reviews

After two stellar power-pop albums that would prove to be highly influential, the Memphis band Big Star was down to frontman Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens, having lost Chris Bell and Andy Hummel along the way ... more

Dec 7, 2016 11:56 AM Record Reviews

This writer firmly believes Warren Defever, the Michigan musician and only constant member of His Name Is Alive for its 30 years of existence, is some kind of eccentric, prolific genius whose diverse output—over 100 different releases so far ... more

Nov 30, 2016 11:17 AM Record Reviews

If there’s a perfect use of a song in a movie, it’s the scene from the 1995 film Before Sunrise where the two main characters, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, sit in a small listening booth at a record store ... more

Nov 23, 2016 10:37 AM Features

Hope Sandoval is best known as the effortlessly sensual, distant and compulsively shy singer of the post-Paisley Underground band Mazzy Star, whose hazy, seductive and lightly psychedelic ‘90s work such as the surprise hit “Fade into You” ... more

Nov 16, 2016 11:28 AM Record Reviews

When a rock band reunites after a long duration, like The Stooges or Mission of Burma, the big question is, “Will they rock as hard as before?” In the case of the unclassifiable British duo Renaldo and the Loaf, whose new album Gurdy Hurding ... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:49 PM Record Reviews

The new EP Small Time Forever from the San Francisco quartet Paint the Trees White quite possibly has some of the cheeriest songs ever made about mental meltdowns and divorce. Led by Josh Permenter, also known as the front man of the band... more

Nov 2, 2016 11:13 AM Record Reviews

Jazz singer Billie Holiday was given the nickname “Lady Day” by her friend, saxophonist Lester Young. Young’s nickname was “Prez,” given to him by—you guessed it—Billie Holiday. Their special bond ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Features 1 Comments

Pitchfork recently unleashed its “50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time” list, which made this writer alternately nod in agreement, smirk in mild disagreement and shake his head violently at some of the more confounding choices and omissions ... more

Oct 20, 2016 9:48 AM Record Reviews

The Michigan underground supergroup quartet Chatoyant has a peculiar and somewhat unlikely gathering of individuals with backgrounds in a huge variety of genres. To run down the list, you’ve got James Baljo (a.k.a. “Crazy Jim”), the guitarist ... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:39 PM Record Reviews

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