Tom Moon appears in the following:
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.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
NPR's Melissa Block and music critic Tom Moon discuss the thrill of intimacy on three new albums by duos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
This English band's ideas move fast — 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
NPR music critic Tom Moon reviews Lana Del Ray's latest album, Ultraviolence.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Singer-songwriter Jose James' music lives at the intersection of jazz harmony, pop songcraft and hip-hop rhythm.
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.
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.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Artful and beautifully realized, the Bright Eyes singer's new solo album knows when to shoot for sentimentality — when to sneak right inside the most cynical heart and melt the layers.