Tom Moon appears in the following:
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.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Tom Moon reviews Nikki Nack, the new album by the Tuneyards. Moon says the album, which incorporates Haitian drumming rhythms, is a knockout blend of street rhythm and electronic pop.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Tom Moon reviews the solo album by Blur and Gorillaz frontman, Damon Albarn. The new album, called Everyday Robots, examines the human toll of our ever-present technology.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Merrill Garbus' music finds genius in the ongoing struggle between the orderly and the unknown. tUnE-yArDs' dazzlingly imaginative third album is filled with sudden and arresting left turns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.