Music Reviews archive
Read Trumpeters And Troubadours: New And Old Music From Italy
August 11, 2013 – Fresh off an Italian vacation, DJ Betto Arcos shows off some of his favorite musical finds.
Watch Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom
August 6, 2013 – The 77-year-old legend's new album boasts celebrity cameos, but the jolts come with his guitarwork.
Read Vince Gill And Paul Franklin Ain't 'Foolin' Around' With Bakersfield Sound
August 5, 2013 – The country-music star and steel guitarist's new album features Merle Haggard and Buck Owens covers.
Read 'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz
July 30, 2013 – On the clarinetist's new album, the blues might be modernized or tweaked, but it's never far away.
Read Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz
July 27, 2013 – Sample recordings from Harold Mabern, Etienne Charles, the band Black Host and Lauren Desberg.
Read Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums
July 24, 2013 – A trio of orchestral albums from our summer-long search for the Great American Symphony.
Watch Sylvester: 'Mighty Real' Disco Star Deserves A Modern Spotlight
July 16, 2013 – The disco star was not only a pioneer, but also someone with whom the times have finally caught up.
Read Jay-Z Swings Triumphant Then Trivial On 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'
July 11, 2013 – The rapper's new album is an uneven but intriguing collection of songs.
Read Crystalline New Music For Flutes And Mallets
Watch Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Is A Fait Accompli
Read Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West
July 9, 2013 – Rich Halley is inspired by Oregon's mountains and Wheelhouse makes music that evokes the Plains.
Read On Two New Albums, A Modern-Minded Brass Band Cuts Loose
July 8, 2013 – Virginia's No BS! Brass Band taps into, and ultimately expands, the brass-band tradition.
Read Eleanor Friedberger's 'Personal Record' Examines The Little Things
July 8, 2013 – The Fiery Furnaces member writes songs with John Wesley Harding on her new solo album.
Read Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime
July 1, 2013 – A film adaptation of the classic opera by the famed director yields mixed results.
Read Into Womanhood, With A Girlfriend Hand In Hand