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First Listen: Lowland Hum, 'Lowland Hum'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank Goans are used to fielding questions about the overlap between their musical and marital partnerships. If anything, they've invited this sort of curiosity by telling their backstory the way they have: him striking up a conversation after overhearing her singing to herself at a ...


First Listen: 'Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Working as a music journalist means that some days you get to tell people, in breathless prose, about an incredible new record you've discovered. On other days, you have to tell people that an artist you've followed and respected for years is no longer living. That part is never any ...


Music Review: 'Soyo' By Dom La Nena

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.


First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'Gliss Riffer'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The glissando (gliss for short) is a musical term describing the sound of an instrument as it glides from one pitch to another. A favorite trick of jazz hornmen and slide guitarists, the gliss can be a woozy, gleeful sound or a mournful one. When executed by a virtuoso violinist, ...


First Listen: José González, 'Vestiges & Claws'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

He asks a lot of questions, this José González.

He opened his last album, 2013's band project Junip, with a thought experiment Nietzsche could love: "What would you do if it all came back to you?" The song, "Line Of Fire," dwells in a mood of idle 3 a.m. ...


First Listen: The Districts, 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Countless bands perform a variation on the medium-uptempo edge-of-rage eruption perfected by the likes of the Pixies and Green Day. It's become so ubiquitous, you almost don't have to listen: It's possible to get a headline-news sense of the song without fully apprehending the words. The spike in the guitar ...


First Listen: Jessica Pratt, 'On Your Own Love Again'

Sunday, January 18, 2015

"Night Faces," the opening track from Jessica Pratt's extraordinary 2012 debut, showcased a singular ability to transform a worn-out cliche into something stirring. Just through the choices she made as a singer.

Pratt's verses wallow, at times, in tortured confessional rhymes — one from "Night Faces" has her shedding ...


First Listen: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, 'Club Meds'

Sunday, January 04, 2015

You can tell a lot about a songwriter by what occurs in the space between verses. Many writers — hacks and gifted souls alike — will treat an instrumental expanse as a kind of please-stand-by strumming wallpaper, a palate cleanser for the ear. In this strategy, derived from folk music, ...


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

The dog's name was Hamlet.

He lived at the house known as Big Pink, in the woods near Woodstock, and during the summer of 1967, responsibility for his care was shared by Bob Dylan and members of The Band. Hamlet was on the scene during the fruitful recording ...


First Listen: Yusuf/Cat Stevens, 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone'

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Sunday-school singalong "You Are My Sunshine" is the rare evergreen that seems to withstand all manner of musical abuse. There have been disco versions and polka versions, as well as plenty of earnest renderings — from Bing Crosby to late-career Johnny Cash to Ray Charles, whose ...

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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

This is not Dueling Banjos: The Married Couple Edition. You won't find the careening energy of the mano-a-mano from the Deliverance soundtrack, or of the Flatt and Scruggs classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Outbreaks of dazzling, speed-demon technique are few.

Instead, the first duo recording from Bela Fleck and


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

There's something wonderfully contrarian about Lucinda Williams ending one of her multi-year silences with a double album. In 2014, no one is supposed to have time to appreciate three straight songs from one artist, much less an entire album.

So here comes Williams, the perceptive and much-lauded songwriter whose ...


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.