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Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco: You’re Driving Me Crazy

by Bill Murphy on June 22, 2018
 This is Van Morrison’s third new release in less than a year and, in the hands of anyone else, a late-career album with even a whiff of a jazz standard might smack of a cliché. (Unless,...
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Dawes: Passwords

by Justin Jacobs on June 21, 2018
It still feels impossible that that Passwords is already Dawes’ sixth record. Isn’t this a new band of roots-rock underdogs waving the Laurel Canyon flag and singing bittersweet nostalgia over...
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Charles Mingus: Live at Montreux 1975

by Jeff Tamarkin on June 20, 2018
Not that there was a time when he wasn’t, but Charles Mingus, the extraordinarily gifted jazz bassist and composer, was in a particularly forward-thinking phase when he brought his latest...
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Allen Ginsberg: Howl and Other Poems

by Jeff Tamarkin on June 19, 2018
“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness/ starving hysterical naked/ dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking/ for an angry fix…” So begins one of the...
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Bernard Purdie & Friends: Cool Down

by Jeff Tamarkin on June 18, 2018
Bernard Purdie has played drums on so many recordings, by such a mind-numbing list of artists (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Steely Dan, and on and on) that it’s...
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The Weight Band: World Gone Mad

by Jeff Tamarkin on June 15, 2018
 They call their music “The Woodstock Sound” and they don’t mean the festival. The players who comprise The Weight Band—their name is a giveaway— have deep ties to the music most closely...
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The Judy Chops: Love Is the Answer

by Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta on June 14, 2018
Mostly recorded in the backwoods of central Virginia, The Judy Chops’ fourth studio LP Love Is the Answer carries a lot of Southern traditions ( a lot ); from soul to funk to rockabilly, the...
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Oneida: Romance

by Richard Gehr on June 13, 2018
Post-minimalist primitivos Oneida deserve more credit for their songs. On the Brooklyn quintet’s magnificent new Romance, these include the Zen mystique of “Economy Travel,” the compact...
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CHVRCHES: Love Is Dead

by Emily Zemler on June 12, 2018
There’s a sense of ache that lies within the buoyant pop melodies on Love Is Dead , the third LP from CHVRCHES. The album, which follows 2015’s beloved release Every Open Eye , is interested...