• Prince, 1958–2016

    Prince, 1958–2016

    For pop music lovers, the early months of 2016 have not been good ones. It seems we were still absorbing the new of David Bowie’s death in January when, on April 21, we learned that ...
  • AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016 bore some resemblance to that scene in Yellow Submarine where, as John, Paul, George, and Ringo wander down a hallway, every door they open reveals something new and unexpected. For three days at ...
  • Donna Ulisse: Hard Cry Moon

    Donna Ulisse: Hard Cry Moon

    Though not touted as a concept album, bluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse’s latest gem, Hard Cry Moon, could pass for one. Start with the hard-charging album opener, “Black Train,” fiddle- and banjo-fired with a red-hot mandolin ...
  • Neil Young: Bluenote Cafe

    Neil Young: Bluenote Cafe

    After a string of tepid themed albums for Geffen Records (Trans, Everybody’s Rockin’, Old Ways), Neil Young returned in 1988 to Reprise with This Note’s for You, an homage to the blues. The tour for ...
  • The Beatles: 1+

    The Beatles: 1+

    Expectations have run high among fans waiting for the Fab Four’s complete original catalog in surround sound. This ain’t that, but it’s a step in that direction. This super-deluxe edition of the 1+ compilation, packaged ...
  • David Bowie: Then and Now

    David Bowie: Then and Now

    (Photo Credit Brian Ward) I’ve been trying to figure out why David Bowie’s recent death, at the age of 69, has hit me so hard. Did his music forever shape or alter me? No. Were ...
  • David Bowie: Blackstar

    David Bowie: Blackstar

    Call it David Bowie’s death house letter. With its lyrical themes of death and rebirth, Blackstar is the final chapter in Bowie’s flirtation with everything from the occult to gay culture (“Girl Loves Me”) while ...
  • Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

    Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

    It takes Melody Gardot almost a minute and a half to appear on “Don’t Misunderstand,” the introduction to her provocative new album. Upon arrival, her voice ascends from a low moan amidst jabs of strings, ...
  • Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow

    Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow

    The rubber meets the road immediately on this alternately rousing and stirring collection of duets pairing 87-year- old bluegrass giant Ralph Stanley with various roots-centric partners. A Resurrection celebration, “We Shall Rise,” jets into Gloryland ...

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