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Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

by Jeff Tamarkin on April 17, 2015
Is it really possible that Lead Belly, born Huddie Ledbetter in 1888, has never before been the subject of a comprehensive boxed collection? He was, after all, one of the most important...
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Bonnie Raitt and Lowell George with John Hammond: Ultrasonic Studios 1972

by Ron Hart on April 16, 2015
The old Ultrasonic Studios sessions curated by the old influential Long Island rock station WLIR-FM continue to provide some of the coolest archival live material in record shops today. And the...
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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015

by Peter DeStefano on April 15, 2015
According to Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, is “a radical portrait of New York City set to the savage funkacide of the Blues Explosion,” and...
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Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

by Ryan Reed on April 14, 2015
Whether he’s writing orchestral indie-rock epics about American expansion (“Come on, feel the Illinoise!”) or intimate folk ballads about spiritual liberation (“To Be Alone with...
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Zomba Prison Project: I Have No Everything Here

by John Adamian on April 13, 2015
Some monumental American recordings have been made in prison settings: Robert Pete Williams, Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison and Alan Lomax’s documentation of work songs at Parchman Farm all...
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DVD Review: Railroad Earth Live at Red Rocks

by Kiran Herbert on April 10, 2015
When trying to classify Railroad Earth, the common response is that the sextet defies any one genre and really, you should just see them live. Now, fans can simply refer the unfamiliar to this...
SHOW REVIEW

The Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl

by Matt Inman on April 09, 2015
The Budos Band Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY March 27 The Budos Band, the group that was introduced to me with the words “they’re good—they sound like the...
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Papa Mali: Music Is Love

by Jeff Tamarkin on April 09, 2015
A read-through of the songwriters whose tunes comprise Music Is Love provides a handy roadmap to understanding where Papa Mali and producer John Chelew were coming from when they put this...
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Kaki King: The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body

by Jeff Tamarkin on April 08, 2015
On her Kickstarter page seeking initial financing for the project, Kaki King writes, “The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body is a new kind of guitar exploration with live music and video...
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Lord Huron: Strange Trails

by Lee Zimmerman on April 07, 2015
When a band establishes a signature sound that seems to defy description, it automatically sets them apart as one to watch. Lord Huron accomplished that their fully formed debut, and while their...

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