Alt-country is making me cynical. There may have been something unique and vibrant to start with, but we’ve ridden the cliché train too far to remember anything original.
Now in his 70s, Donald Bailey still swings hard. Joined by the dynamic saxophonist Odean Pope (long a member of Max Roach’s band), Bailey presents a varied program.
If you can get past the deadpan, can’t-tell-if-they’re-joking German vocals and they-must-be-joking song titles, including tongue-in-cheek gems like “Shopping Blitz” a
Brooks Ritter might be the next Louisville troubadour we gravitate toward.
Describing Norway’s The Low Frequency in Stereo as “eclectic” is an unfortunate understatement.
The spirit of Bruce Springsteen’s epic song “The River” is conjured repeatedly in Edgehill Avenue’s new release.
Despite some electric piano flourishes that briefly recall Ian McLagan’s days in the Faces, his latest solo outing, Never Say Never, is doggedly mid-tempo, laying out a relaxed, soulfu
Payam Bavafa, a third of this Bay Area-based trio, spent a year and a half researching brain waves for a neuroscientist.
Hometown weird beard Will Oldham never disappoints, even while consistently exploring different corners of roots rock and folk.
For many years, most African music remained unavailable to Americans.