Music Reviews archive
Read Slaid Cleaves: 'Still Fighting' With Smart Lyrics And Stories
June 13, 2013 – The singer-songwriter's new album was written around "a theme of perseverance through hard times."
Read Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory
June 12, 2013 – Ace Records has a new CD of demos from songwriter Dan Penn, who's crafted dozens of soul classics.
Read The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'
June 10, 2013 – On its newest album, Santiman, the choir sings songs in tribute to its Haitian ancestors.
Read Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound
June 10, 2013 – The influential Philly label has just released a set of CDs covering all 60 of its single releases.
Read Peter Pan And Don Quixote Find The 'Home Of Song'
Read Jason Isbell: Literary, But Keeping An Edge On 'Southeastern'
June 6, 2013 – Isbell left Drive-By Truckers partly due to the alcohol abuse he describes on his new album.
Read Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration'
June 4, 2013 – New generations continue to discover the reclusive soul singer-guitarist's most acclaimed album.
Watch 'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain
June 4, 2013 – For a film built from rehearsals on a bare stage, there's a surprising amount of drama.
Read Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War
May 30, 2013 – A new recording from the most recent festival helps fans experience an event canceled by conflict.
Watch Darius Rucker: Busted Hearts And Pickup Trucks
Read Vampire Weekend Comes Of Age In 'The City'
Read Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds
May 24, 2013 – The Toronto band plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles.
Read Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity
Read Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World
Watch Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths
May 20, 2013 – Critic Robert Christgau says The Uncluded's debut album is almost like two halves of a whole.