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Tom Moon

Tom Moon appears in the following:

The One Real Problem With Rolling Stone's 'Greatest Songwriters Of All Time'

Monday, August 24, 2015

There are many valid gripes with the magazine's selections — who was left out, who was included — but taken as a whole, the list reveals something disappointing about the way it was conceived.


First Listen: Lianne La Havas, 'Blood'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

With this album, a London singer — a Prince favorite — and her versatile voice inch closer to mainstream pop.


Music Review: 'Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone'

Monday, July 13, 2015

Critic Tom Moon reviews the album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, a compilation of covers of her greatest hits performed by popular R&B artists like Usher and Lauren Hill.


Review: 'Covered,' Robert Glasper

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NPR's Tom Moon reviews the new album from pianist Robert Glasper, Covered.


First Listen: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real, 'The Monsanto Years'

Sunday, June 21, 2015

These taut, righteously furious, stone-simple songs fit together under a catchall concept about companies wielding extraordinary influence over our quality of life.


Review: 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman,' Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NPR commentator Tom Moon reviews a new album that is a collaboration between two jazz bands known for experimentation: The Bad Plus and Joshua Redman.


First Listen: Richard Thompson, 'Still'

Sunday, June 07, 2015

When the great guitarist takes a solo, it's a swerving, cathartic, edge-of-the-seat experience. When he doesn't, the bliss persists, but in highly concentrated doses.


Review: 'Monterey,' The Milk Carton Kids

Thursday, May 28, 2015

With their new album, Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids are hoping to be a part of your summer driving songs.


Review: 'In The Beginning,' Wes Montgomery

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new anthology called In the Beginning chronicles the sound of Wes Montgomery, one of the most influential guitar players of all time, in his early years.


First Listen: Dawes, 'All Your Favorite Bands'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

On its fourth album, Dawes calls from deep inside the feedback loop of love's aftermath. Throughout All Your Favorite Bands, singer Taylor Goldsmith takes full advantage of the dramatic possibilities.


First Listen: Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus, 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman'

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The rangy, prolific jazz trio teams up with the tenor-sax great for a journey into the murky, terrifying, thrilling unknown.


For The Word, Gospel Is More About A Feeling

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The mostly instrumental supergroup's second album, Soul Food, is a rousing, thoroughly modern take on gospel.


'Sound & Color' A Bold Leap Forward For Alabama Shakes

Monday, April 20, 2015

On their new album, the band's backing musicians match the intensity of lead singer Brittany Howard.


Review: Becca Stevens Band, 'Perfect Animal'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In the massive heap of "singer-songwriters," Becca Stevens Band is a gem. NPR reviews her new album, Perfect Animal.


First Listen: Lowland Hum, 'Lowland Hum'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Benefiting from a freewheeling, beefed-up studio band, the dynamic range of this 13-song set runs from hushed insularity to ardent expansiveness, alighting on dozens of gradations between.


First Listen: Calexico, 'Edge Of The Sun'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Though the scenery of the American Southwest remains largely unchanged, the band's sense and understanding of it continues to deepen and grow.


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.