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Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose

by Ryan Reed on July 19, 2018
“She keeps it 100 in the shade,” Dave Longstreth croons in a wispy falsetto minutes into his eighth LP. “She is so dreamy.” A fanciful, pitch-shifted guitar lick flutters giddily;...

Ray Davies: Our Country—Americana Act II

by Jeff Tamarkin on July 18, 2018
As the Kinks’ chief songwriter, singer/ guitarist Ray Davies wrote some of the most vivid and insightful portraits of British life ever created, penning tunes such as “Well Respected Man,”...

Here Lies Man: You Will Know Nothing

by Richard Gehr on July 17, 2018
Speaking of rhythmically interlockin’ groove things, Antibalas guitarist Marcos Garcia got the idea for his spin-off group Here Lies Man the day he realized that a certain Fela Kuti guitar riff...

The Del McCoury Band at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre

by Kristopher Weiss on July 16, 2018
"I Need More Time," came the call from the audience. “So do I,” Del McCoury said with a smile before granting the song request, one of many times the 79-year-old godfather of bluegrass did...

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu: Djarimirri: Child of the Rainbow

by Richard Gehr on July 16, 2018
If your spirit animal happens to be a crow, tuna, crocodile or (best choice) octopus, then the indigenous Australian artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who died last year at age 46, has you...

Rayland Baxter: Wide Awake

by Justin Jacobs on July 13, 2018
With Wide Awake Nashville’s Rayland Baxter capitalizes on the potential he displayed on his impressive 2012 debut, feathers and fishHooks , and the excellent Imaginary Man in 2015—The album is...

Robb Kunkel: Abyss

by John Adamian on July 12, 2018
Robb Kunkel was a wanderer. He moved from Indiana to California to Colorado to Chicago, and traveled around Mexico and Europe. He was a steady-gigging barroom piano player at vacation spots. For a...

Mike Zito: First Class Life

by Jeff Tamarkin on July 11, 2018
The blues is always at the root of Mike Zito’s music, both in his work with Royal Southern Brotherhood earlier in the decade and the recordings he’s made on his own for more than 10 years. As...

Ben Howard: Noonday Dream

by Justin Jacobs on July 10, 2018
 Over the course of three albums, Mercury Prize-nominated and platinum-selling British folk singer Ben Howard has been ironing out the flashier points in his music. His 2011 breakthrough, Every...