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Tony Allen: The Source

by Jeff Tamarkin on January 18, 2018
Jazz, of course, had its origins in Africa and we often tend to think of the music’s journey as a one-way trip. It wasn’t, and isn’t now—for all of the inspiration Americans have drawn from...
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Strange Machines: Voice of Color

by Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta on January 17, 2018
The Boston music scene has always been an incubator for young jambands, and the city’s latest crop includes improv-rock outfit Strange Machines. Fostered for the last six years by their...
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Bob Dylan: Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13/1979-1981

by Jeff Tamarkin on January 16, 2018
Bob Dylan has courted controversy since the beginning of his career, whether walking off the set of The Ed Sullivan Show rather than sing a more user-friendly song or, of course, going electric at...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...