Tom Moon

Tom Moon appears in the following:

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.


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 — 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.