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Tom Moon

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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.

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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.

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In Rio, A Universe Of Samba

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

In Brazil, samba isn't just the music of Carnival. With throngs headed to the country for this summer's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, samba de rota has become an act of cultural resistance.

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Album Review: 'Morning Phase'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's been six years since singer-songwriter Beck released his last album. Music critic Tom Moon says that Beck's new record, Morning Phase, is purposely out of step with the pop trends of the moment.

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First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase'

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Beck's latest creation is more than a mere sequel to 2002's brooding masterpiece, Sea Change. It provides a glimpse of new frontiers in letting go and moving on, told by someone who wasn't thinking quite this way before.

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First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks'

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Many of the North Dakota singer-songwriter's new songs have trapdoors and switchbacks and meta moments, but they're never there for show: It's in the shadows where the sly Brosseau does his best work, transforming earthbound images into intimations of wonder.

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Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP'

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lady Gaga has been building anticipation for her third studio album in ways that only she can manage. But perhaps the forte of ARTPOP lies in its marketing — not the actual music.

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Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The 77-year-old guitarist and vocalist's new two-disc set features cameos from Kid Rock, Keith Urban and members of Aerosmith. But the lyrics merely set the scene, and the jolts come after the verses — when the profound legend begins to play.

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Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sigur Ros delights in shifting the listener's perspective — even its anthems elude the conventional rock plod. With Kveikur, the band's majestic (if usually mellow) vistas and naturescapes acquire a distinctly harsh edge.

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Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The two artists are known opposites in the world of instrumental music. On Metheny's latest, the jazz guitarist wrings an unexpectedly visual listening experience from Zorn's knotty compositions.

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Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter

Monday, April 22, 2013

The L.A. roots-rock quartet is often described as a band on the verge of greatness. Its new album, Stories Don't End, features disarmingly beautiful, refreshingly unflashy songwriting. It may not make the musicians superstars, but that's just fine.

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Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies

Saturday, March 30, 2013

In making classic albums by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Phil Ramone's greatest talent as a producer and engineer may have been finding ways to make songs sound the way the musicians wanted.

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Justin Timberlake's Musical Vision Isn't '20/20'

Monday, March 18, 2013

The multifaceted star's first solo album since 2006, The 20/20 Experience, offers a muddy view of pop. Critic Tom Moon says Timberlake "is a celebrity feeling out his place in 2013, and you hear his worry."

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Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Inside the famously fevered head of the Radiohead lead singer, the ghosts and phantoms are still working overtime. Hear a review of his new project.

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The Roots: A Song Cycle For A Life Cycle

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Do we need a hip-hop concept album in 2011? Yes, if it's as thoughtful and poignant as undun.

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Iconic Songs, Uncovered

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Behind every great song is a great songwriter. But behind every great cover song lurks a masterful musician. Today, we look at cover versions that were so good, they outshone the original. Joining us is Kyle Ryan, managing editor for The Onion's AV Club, and Tom Moon, music critic and author of the book “1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.”

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Hi-Fi Highway

Friday, September 02, 2011

Summer’s nearly at its end – and there’s just one more weekend to hit the road for an old fashioned summer road trip. Your car’s dashboard has made some serious technological leaps over the last half century, but the most curious development has to do with the dashboard turntable. Yes, that’s right -- turntable. The writer Paul Collins joins us to share this side-note in Hi-Fi highway history. And then music writer Tom Moon - master of the road trip mix - brings in a fresh playlist for our Soundcheck listeners to drive to.

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Tom Moon's Road Trip Playlist

Friday, September 02, 2011

Check out Tom Moon's brand new road trip playlist!

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Iconic Songs, Uncovered

Monday, July 11, 2011

Behind every great song is a great songwriter. But behind every great cover song lurks a masterful musician. Today, we look at cover versions that were so good, they outshined the original. Joining us is Kyle Ryan, managing editor for The Onion's AV Club, and Tom Moon, music critic and author of the book “1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.”

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Smackdown: Vampires vs. Zombies

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's been a big year for the undead. Vampires are sucking blood on TV shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries and in the upcoming film New Moon. Zombies are stumbling through movies starring Woody Harrelson (Zombieland) and books by zombie-loving scribe Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks). ...

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