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One of the most gratifyingly replayable albums for this writer from the current decade has proven to be the 2012 debut album from Melody’s Echo Chamber—the outlet of French singer/musician Melody Prochet; it attained a sort of pop nirvana with ... more

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The new album from Big Kitty—the charming outlet of former Chattanoogan Clark Williams—is self-aware in its artificiality, but it’s too fun to be mired in some grand statement about that. His assumed posture on his new fake-live, completely solo ... more

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While some music is clearly the result of smashing genres together (“It’s Tuvan throat singing mixed with reggae!” reads a quote from a press release that doesn’t exist), when it comes to Anteloper—the duo of trumpeter Jaimie Branch and drummer ... more

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Self-described as “harsh, maximalist electro-acoustic,” it could be argued that Luna Mitchell’s one-woman band Torschlusspanik from Cleveland, Tenn. has more in common with French 20th century masters of electro-acoustic music—music that relies ... more

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Big Kitty is a lot of things, simultaneously—it’s an easygoing calico cat, a fearless feline guardian and the reincarnation of bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. This mythical kitty is also the imaginative musical outlet of Clark Williams, whose ... more

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Originally from Lima, Peru, Efraín Rozas moved to New York City to pursue doctoral studies in composition and ethnomusicology, and his group La Mecánica Popular has some lofty aims—to explore “the frontier between social dance and ... more

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Responding to a Swedish interviewer after a March 1960 performance, who pointed out that some critics said that saxophonist John Coltrane’s sound turned “unbeautiful,” Coltrane said, “I’m trying so many things at one time, you see. Like, I ... more

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“The aim was to make circular, ritualistic, monotonous rock music,” explained co-founding member Joachim Nordwall of the intense Swedish band The Skull Defekts about the band’s intention upon forming in 2005. That hasn’t changed, and the group ... more

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“Sankofa, a word from the Akan tribe of Ghana in West Africa, means ‘go back to your roots’ or ‘go and retrieve from your past’,” said percussionist and dancer Kofi Mawuko. “I grew up with this symbol.” The symbol for sankofa is rich with meaning ... more

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The latest vinyl and digital release Plasty II from Hanz, the musical outlet of recording artist Brandon Juhans of Durham, N.C., is a genre-smashing exercise full of twists that perhaps conveys being in a video-game-world earthquake. more

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Chattanooga rapper BbyMutha took her name by reclaiming an insult, originally lobbed from a jealous corner in a love triangle; the mother of four children (two sets of twins), her motherhood isn’t a shtick—it’s her life, intertwined (but not ... more

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Gwenno Saunders is one of an estimated few thousand people who are fluent speakers of the obscure Cornish language, from Cornwall county in southwest England, and she made a point to write her second solo album, Le Kov, solely in Cornish. more

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Keyboardist Hailu Mergia was a member of one of Ethiopia’s greatest bands in the ‘70s—the Walias Band—which featured players including the Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke and pianist Girma Beyene; as the hotel band at the Addis Ababa Hilton ... more

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The latest solo album Sprig from the classical contemporary guitarist and composer Gyan Riley captures him reflecting growth, as his ideas are transformed from small seeds into a larger presence, and it is dedicated to his mother Ann, who ... more

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Perhaps the release date of the new Living Hour EP Lovely, Lonely was strategically timed to come a few weeks after Valentine’s Day, being subtitled “A Collection of Covers for Hollow Hearts”; while prevailing attitudes around that holiday are ... more

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Periodically, this writer revisits Orson Welles’ sobering monologue in the film F for Fake about the Chartres Cathedral (an “anonymous glory”) and how humanity’s work—“in stone, in paint, in print” —may survive for years but eventually must ... more

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Con Todo El Mundo, the second album from the Texas trio Khruangbin (Thai for “Engine Fly”), takes its name from a frequent exchange bassist Laura Lee had with her Mexican-American grandfather. When he’d ask, “Cómo me quieres?” (“How much do you ... more

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In a public Facebook post, Future Virgins guitarist William “Billy Joe” Johnson wrote that when the band’s new album Doomsday Raga was recorded it seemed cynical, but today, “it’s probably borderline whimsical.” more

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This writer was fortunate enough to catch the band Tal National at a Knoxville show in 2015, playing what would seem to be a generous 100-minute set; apparently, that’s nothing compared to the group’s performances at its own nightclub in its ... more

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There’s something inherently and undeniably fun and rousing about instrumental surf rock, from both its peak practitioners in the ‘60s—like Dick Dale and the Ventures—and its revivalists from several waves (pun intended), like Agent Orange’s ... more

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