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Tour Italy with Keith Jarrett

Multi-disc Multitude of Angels offers the piano mans final solo tour

“Over the Rainbow” would be the last piece he’d play in public for a few years. As he remarks in his liner notes, he was already sick when he did these concerts. He didn’t know ...

Childish Gambino gets funked up

Actor Donald Glover's rapping alter-ego finds his groove

These days, Donald Glover is known more for his acting (in the critically-acclaimed FX series Atlanta, and before that, Community) than his musical endeavors as alter-ego Childish Gambino. But he’s about to even the score ...

Strange Storm out of Brooklyn

The Darrin James Band's latest is blues-rock tempered to our times

Strange Storm, the third album from the Brooklyn-based Darrin James Band, is truth-telling of the bitterest sort, ten tracks naming the slights we do each other, intended and otherwise. Following suit, Darrin James, principle songwriter ...

Miranda Lambert needs two discs to bear The Weight of These Wings

Country singer's latest trades studio sheen for first-take rawness

“Break-up record” is too reductive to describe Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings, but it’s a start. Though the country artist’s heart aches plenty in her first music after last year’s split from Blake ...

Peter Doherty and the sickness of celebrity

Libertines/Babyshambles singer gets contemplative on solo effort, Hamburg Demonstrations

Peter Doherty’s Hamburg Demonstrations shows us that there is beauty in our imperfections. His second solo acoustic album brings with it folky vibes and a refreshing confessional tone. These songs show us a side of ...

Bruno Mars's immersion into the culture emulated

Dance-pop artist's 24K Magic is catchy but cliché

Bruno Mars embraces a lavish lifestyle on his newest release, 24K Magic. The album, with sounds from ’70s funk to ’90s hip-hop, contains synthesizers, sensuality, and sexism. Even when the tempo drops, this album retains ...

Collecting Belinda Carlisle

Belinda was back on track and could walk the walk and strut the strut to the songs that count

Belinda Carlisle will forever be associated with the ’80s, but that's not her fault. After hitting the ground running with the Go-Go’s, some thought Carlisle'd be barefoot minus her band. Tis true that some of ...

Jim James — tackling violence and hatred with love and peace

The My Morning Jacket frontman's latest is Eternally Even

Jim James is up to his usual tricks on his second solo album, Eternally Even, and it’s just what humanity needs. The My Morning Jacket frontman looks to heal the world through his latest collection. ...

Don't sleep on Turnstile, hardcore fan

Groove-core East Coast group returns with four-song sampler Move Thru Me

Groovy-hardcore group Turnstile has released a new EP, the infectious four-track banger Move Thru Me. The East Coast favorites opt for an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it formula, cranking out danceable riffs and mosh-worthy grooves in a manner as ...

Leonard Cohen gets darker

With You Want It Darker the boho folk-singer faces death

In a recent interview with New Yorker magazine, bohemian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen stated that he was ready to die, that his health was shot and that he didn’t have much time left. His latest album, ...

Be Here Now — is it really that bad?

...the re-issued (and re-examined) 20-year-old third release from Oasis

The Emperors New Clothes, the musical starring five working-class lads from Manchester, mega millions, and an Escobar of cocaine recording at Abbey Road. What could possibly go wrong? Seemingly everything. Time has not been kind ...

Blond on Blonde

Frank Ocean continues to break the rules on his latest release

You can't put Frank Ocean — the artist or the man — inside of a box. Often credited as a soul crooner, Ocean spins traditional associations of the genre on their heads with his latest ...

Weyes Blood's spiritual wake-up call

You may squirm with A Front Row Seat to Earth, but you will be rewarded

Weyes Blood has created the perfect storm with Front Row Seat to Earth — a tropical storm, as there is a warmth coming from this harsh forecast that tears your guts out. Dancing piano leads ...

Ghost follows Grammy with a brief covers collection

Popestar hits with "Square Hammer," misses on a few of the covers

After winning this year’s Grammy award for Best Metal Performance, Ghost is back at it again topping the rock album charts with their new EP, Popestar. And this one is peculiar, considering it’s made up ...

Romp with the Pixies

This year's Head Carrier retains the alt-rockers' unique insanity

From forming in Boston in 1986 to being one of the chief influences on Kurt Cobain and scoring that last shot in David Fincher’s Fight Club, the Pixies have come a long way. Head Carrier, ...

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