Tom Moon appears in the following:
Monday, April 20, 2015
On their new album, the band's backing musicians match the intensity of lead singer Brittany Howard.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
In the massive heap of "singer-songwriters," Becca Stevens Band is a gem. NPR reviews her new album, Perfect Animal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.