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First Listen: 'Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Each of Smith's records contains an abundance of small, perfectly formed gems. There are too many to pick from, but just about any would shine anew under this type of respectful reinterpretation.


Music Review: 'Soyo' By Dom La Nena

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Dom La Nena is a singer and cellist from Brazil. But the 24-year-old artist draws inspiration from her travels around the world and sings in four different languages on her sophomore album, Soyo.


First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'Gliss Riffer'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Even when built around familiar pop-song structures, Deacon's music is juxtapositional and wonderful — a pursuit of the ecstatic that obliterates genre distinctions.


First Listen: José González, 'Vestiges & Claws'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

González's songs are slight little creations, with minimal words encapsulating big ideas and breezy pop melodies disguising weighty notions about life's endlessly refracting illusions.


First Listen: The Districts, 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The band's cathartic rock rages in familiar ways, but with unexpectedly devastating twists of the knife. Proudly sloppy and artfully bloodthirsty, The Districts' music never sounds monochromatic.


First Listen: Jessica Pratt, 'On Your Own Love Again'

Sunday, January 18, 2015

With little more than a weary sigh, the singer flips the banal into the magical; she makes listeners wonder about the circumstances she describes.


First Listen: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, 'Club Meds'

Sunday, January 04, 2015

On the Vancouver songwriter's fourth album, he plays with abrupt changes of tone and texture. Carefully conceived instrumental passages expand upon — and sometimes upend — his lyrics.


Worth The Wait: The Transcendent Groove Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

Monday, December 15, 2014

There's usually reason to be apprehensive when an artist spends years in the workshop on a single set of songs. But nearly 15 years after Voodoo, the R&B singer still makes tricky music sound easy.


Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Melissa Block talks with reviewer Tom Moon about musician Bobby Keys, has died at the age of 70. He was the Rolling Stones saxophonist for decades.


Bryan Ferry Slinks Home

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The 69-year-old singer returns to the brooding style he pioneered with Roxy Music in the 1970s and early '80s — and the result is some of his best solo work.


Inside The Wall: Pink Floyd's 'Final' Album Is Process On Display

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

While The Endless River may not satisfy song-hungry fans, it does make clear the group's knack for lush textural explorations.


First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11'

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sample 12 selections from an ambitious six-disc box set of archival Dylan recordings. The recordings capture and reflect one of the most vivid chapters in American music.


First Listen: Yusuf/Cat Stevens, 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone'

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The singer, formerly known as Cat Stevens, tackles weighty existential questions by looking backward, using the blues to unlock buried memories.

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Art As Conversation: Three New Collaborative Albums

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

NPR's Melissa Block and music critic Tom Moon discuss the thrill of intimacy on three new albums by duos.


Two Princes: The Purple One Returns In Stereo

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two new albums, a solo effort and a collaboration with the band 3RDEYEGIRL, mark Prince's return to the studio. Tom Moon says that only one fully captures what an explosive performer he can still be.


First Listen: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 'Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn'

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The married couple's first album together as a duo is notable for its understated, welcoming calm. Across 11 short, carefully arranged slivers of Americana, their two banjos join in warm conversation.


A Call From The Weird Fringes: Aphex Twin's 'Syro'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Electronic producer and composer Richard D. James returns to recording after a 13-year absence, with an album that stands refreshingly askew next to mainstream EDM.


First Listen: Lucinda Williams, 'Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In terms of pure expression, no singer in popular music can touch Williams when she's calling from the lonely outskirts of Despairville.


Music Review: 'All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller'

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One of the important thinkers in present-day jazz is taking his cue from the 1920's on his latest project. Pianist Jason Moran has released All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller.


First Listen: Tweedy, 'Sukierae'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Wilco singer and his 18-year-old son Spencer record a 20-song family-band album together. There's not much contrivance, not much high-concept, just a dad and his son bashing out tunes.