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Tom Moon

Tom Moon appears in the following:

First Listen: Sinkane, 'Mean Love'

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Over memorable hooks and wickedly inventive grooves, Ahmed Gallab sings in an earnest, persuasive voice. Sinkane's music conjures East and West African music, James Brown, free jazz and shoegaze.

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First Listen: Kimbra, 'The Golden Echo'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

She's working with refracted echoes of sounds that came before, but Kimbra makes them golden on her second album. Throughout The Golden Echo, she has a grand time testing the limits of her music.

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First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is'

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This English band's ideas move fast โ€” riffs erupt only to disappear just as quickly. It's as though they're chasing super-concentrated bursts of bliss that gather into epic music.

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First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Brooklyn band writes inventive epics that behave like highly concentrated energy shots. You have to pay attention, because key elements arrive and depart in a blink.

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A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On an assured debut, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio pivots from jazz's bygone eras into the hyperlinked modern age and back again.

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First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

Sunday, June 29, 2014

On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo dwells deep inside some otherworldly, mysterious, metaphysical murk, an aura that's inviting and impenetrable at the same time.

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Album Review: 'Ultraviolence'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NPR music critic Tom Moon reviews Lana Del Ray's latest album, Ultraviolence.

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Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Singer-songwriter Jose James' music lives at the intersection of jazz harmony, pop songcraft and hip-hop rhythm.

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Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the jazz label nears three quarters of a century, it remains a showcase for jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Here are our picks for sublime moments from the catalog.

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Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

For Xscape, Timbaland and other producers flesh out various songs the King of Pop never finished. But the demos included in the expanded edition provide a rare glimpse into Jackson's creative process.

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First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain'

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Artful and beautifully realized, the Bright Eyes singer's new solo album knows when to shoot for sentimentality โ€” when to sneak right inside the most cynical heart and melt the layers.

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Album Review: 'Nikki Nack'

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Tom Moon reviews Nikki Nack, the new album by the Tuneyards. Moon says the album, which incorporates Haitian drumming rhythms, is a knockout blend of street rhythm and electronic pop.

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Album Review: 'Everyday Robots'

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tom Moon reviews the solo album by Blur and Gorillaz frontman, Damon Albarn. The new album, called Everyday Robots, examines the human toll of our ever-present technology.

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First Listen: tUnE-yArDs, 'Nikki Nack'

Friday, April 25, 2014

Merrill Garbus' music finds genius in the ongoing struggle between the orderly and the unknown. tUnE-yArDs' dazzlingly imaginative third album is filled with sudden and arresting left turns.

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First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

In contrast to what often grabs attention in electronic dance music, the duo's seventh album is calm, serene, uncluttered and defiantly warm.

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First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings'

Sunday, March 09, 2014

A member of Toronto's baroque-pop collective Broken Social Scene, Drew can't help but write music that sprawls in satisfying, sometimes bone-rattling ways.

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In Rio, A Universe Of Samba

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

In Brazil, samba isn't just the music of Carnival. With throngs headed to the country for this summer's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, samba de rota has become an act of cultural resistance.

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Album Review: 'Morning Phase'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's been six years since singer-songwriter Beck released his last album. Music critic Tom Moon says that Beck's new record, Morning Phase, is purposely out of step with the pop trends of the moment.

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First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase'

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Beck's latest creation is more than a mere sequel to 2002's brooding masterpiece, Sea Change. It provides a glimpse of new frontiers in letting go and moving on, told by someone who wasn't thinking quite this way before.

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First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks'

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Many of the North Dakota singer-songwriter's new songs have trapdoors and switchbacks and meta moments, but they're never there for show: It's in the shadows where the sly Brosseau does his best work, transforming earthbound images into intimations of wonder.

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