Tom Moon

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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.


On Final Recording, Joe Beck Exposes Possibilities Of The Guitar

Monday, September 01, 2014

Guitarist Joe Beck said he thought of the guitar as a six-piece band. Music reviewer Tom Moon says that's exactly how Beck's music sounds: layers of overlapping ideas. He reviews Beck's posthumous release, "Get Me Joe Beck."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Album Review: 'Ultraviolence'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.