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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Live in 1960

by Jeff Tamarkin on January 12, 2018
When Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s name was recently announced as a first-time nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, reactions went two ways: “Who?” and “It’s about damn time.” To...

Noah Gundersen: White Noise

by Mike Ayers on January 11, 2018
Two years ago, Noah Gundersen made a dramatic leap forward with his songwriting on his second album, Carry the Ghost. It was largely slept on—which is a shame because he was displaying a real...

Miguel: War & Leisure

by Emily Zemler on January 10, 2018
On his fourth album, Miguel enlists some of hip-hop’s more relevant artists to accompany his smooth-talking R&B numbers. Rick Ross joins him on “Criminal,” War & Leisure ’s opening track,...

Dopapod: MEGAGEM

January 09, 2018
Dopapod open their newest palindromic record MEGAGEM with the funkified tour de force “Plaese Haalp,” and while the jamtronica quartet have always amalgamated into sonic harmony, this...

Vulfpeck: Mr. Finish Line

by Ryan Reed on January 08, 2018
Vulfpeck are officially part of the funk A-list. The credits to their spastic third full-length LP, Mr. Finish Line, are just as elite as the grooves. Funkadelic bassist/singer-songwriter Bootsy...

Bootsy Collins: World Wide Funk

by Bill Murphy on January 05, 2018
Trends come and go, but William “Bootsy” Collins ever remains on “The One,” or somewhat more colloquially, “on the good foot,” as James Brown might have put it back in 1969 when he...

Grateful Dead: Long Strange Trip: Motion Picture Soundtrack

by Jeff Tamarkin on January 04, 2018
From the first seconds of Amir Bar-Lev’s extraordinary documentary Long Strange Trip, the viewer is reminded of the vast breadth of music created by the Grateful Dead over their three-decade...

Jerry Joseph: Weird Blood

by Lee Zimmerman on January 03, 2018
Jerry Joseph claims a respectable reputation as a heartland troubadour—one whose deeply rooted conviction makes him musical kin to Springsteen, Fogerty and Mellencamp. He’s an assertive artist...

Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band:  Body and Shadow

by Jeff Tamarkin on January 02, 2018
Besides being one of the most celebrated, in-demand drummers in jazz, Brian Blade has always lived what almost seems, at times, to be another life, serving as sideman for the likes of Norah Jones,...