Tom Moon

Tom Moon appears in the following:

Music Review: 'Son Little,' Son Little

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The music of the singer/songwriter that goes by Son Little can be hard to categorize. But on his new album, the genre bending is backed up by an expressive voice.


Music Review: 'St. Germain,' St. Germain

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The DJ known as St. Germain has waited 15 years to release a following to his highly successful breakout record. Critic Tom Moon thinks it's a surprisingly creative return.


First Listen: 'Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute To Donovan'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Deep into Gazing With Tranquility, tucked between smart and sometimes overly reverent reinterpretations of Donovan's hits, there's a small performance that illustrates the value of the tribute record.

The song is "Lalena," a 1968 single that's notable for its dirge-like tempo and Donovan's steady, symmetrical vibrato. It's not one ...


First Listen: St. Germain, 'St. Germain'

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

When we last heard from Ludovic Navarre, the French DJ and producer better known as St. Germain, it was in the predawn hours of EDM, before the age of raves in casino hotels and Garage Band on every laptop. The calendar had completed its momentous flip to 2000, and there ...


Music Review: 'Faith In The Future,' Craig Finn

Monday, September 28, 2015

Craig Finn has had a prolific rock career with his bands Lifter Puller and The Hold Steady. Now 44, Finn has just released his second solo album, Faith in the Future. Critic Tom Moon...


The One Real Problem With Rolling Stone's 'Greatest Songwriters Of All Time'

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lots of magazines do big lists, but few rely on them as heavily as Rolling Stone does. The magazine cranks out a list for just about every aspect of popular music. All promise authoritative, canonical overviews of various elements of the art; at their best, these offer context and critical ...


First Listen: Lianne La Havas, 'Blood'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Among the delights of Lianne La Havas' 2012 debut Is Your Love Big Enough? was its sense of scale. Here was a songwriter of considerable lyric skill and pop ambition who didn't always follow the prevailing verse/chorus/hook code — particularly the expectation that fireworks need to arrive within ...


Music Review: 'Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone'

Monday, July 13, 2015

Critic Tom Moon reviews the album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, a compilation of covers of her greatest hits performed by popular R&B artists like Usher and Lauren Hill.


Review: 'Covered,' Robert Glasper

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NPR's Tom Moon reviews the new album from pianist Robert Glasper, Covered.


First Listen: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real, 'The Monsanto Years'

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A few songs into the latest set of ready-to-wear rants from Neil Young, there's a moment when the rock star shares a bit of the advice he gets as he goes about his daily life — from fans, possibly, or a manager, or maybe the barista in his coffee ...


Review: 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman,' Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NPR commentator Tom Moon reviews a new album that is a collaboration between two jazz bands known for experimentation: The Bad Plus and Joshua Redman.


First Listen: Richard Thompson, 'Still'

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Richard Thompson's 16th solo album Still closes with an unusual homage to his longstanding sources of inspiration. It's called "Guitar Heroes," and though it's predominantly a standard jump blues, it's laced with extended interludes in which Thompson — arguably the most under-appreciated guitar hero currently recording — tips his ...


Review: 'Monterey,' The Milk Carton Kids

Thursday, May 28, 2015

With their new album, Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids are hoping to be a part of your summer driving songs.


Review: 'In The Beginning,' Wes Montgomery

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new anthology called In the Beginning chronicles the sound of Wes Montgomery, one of the most influential guitar players of all time, in his early years.


First Listen: Dawes, 'All Your Favorite Bands'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The young man sounds a bit shaken. His lover, perhaps the love of his life, has departed. He's surveying his options, talking to her even though she's not there, the way the jilted sometimes do. "I could wring out each memory until I get every drop."

It's just another line ...


First Listen: Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus, 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman'

Sunday, May 17, 2015

For the last two years, pianist Ethan Iverson has been at the center of what looks, in hindsight, like a serious creative whirlwind. He re-conceptualized Stravinsky's ballet The Rite Of Spring in its entirety (!) for his trio The Bad Plus, and then, for good measure, recorded an ...


For The Word, Gospel Is More About A Feeling

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The mostly instrumental supergroup's second album, Soul Food, is a rousing, thoroughly modern take on gospel.


'Sound & Color' A Bold Leap Forward For Alabama Shakes

Monday, April 20, 2015

On their new album, the band's backing musicians match the intensity of lead singer Brittany Howard.


Review: Becca Stevens Band, 'Perfect Animal'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In the massive heap of "singer-songwriters," Becca Stevens Band is a gem. NPR reviews her new album, Perfect Animal.


First Listen: Calexico, 'Edge Of The Sun'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Really, how much hoodoo can there be out in the desert?

Drive through it, and the romance of the place might elude you. A closer engagement, on foot, may prove even less enchanting. The feeling of myth and mystery that many have immortalized, from Gram Parsons on down, is not ...