Tom Moon Since 1983, Tom Moon has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, and the music of the world. For much of that time, he was a music critic at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Moon's work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, Spin and more.
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Tom Moon

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Tom Moon has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and the music of the world since 1983.

He is the author of the New York Times bestseller 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (Workman Publishing), and a contributor to other books including The Final Four of Everything.

A saxophonist whose professional credits include stints on cruise ships and several tours with the Maynard Ferguson orchestra, Moon served as music critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1988 until 2004. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, Spin, Vibe, Harp and other publications, and has won several awards, including two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Music Journalism awards. He has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered since 1996.

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First Listen: Neil Young & Promise Of The Real, 'The Visitor'

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'Colors' Continues Beck's Postmodern Pastiche

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The War on Drugs, led by Adam Granduciel (far right). The new album, A Deeper Understanding, is out now. Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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With 'A Deeper Understanding,' The War On Drugs Balances Ambition And Grace

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Jazz Guitarist Peter Bernstein Releases New Version Of 'Signs Live!'

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Gregg Allman's new album, Southern Blood, comes out Sept. 8. It features his touring band, plus guests Jackson Browne, Buddy Miller, The McCrary Sisters and Greg Leisz. Patricia O'Driscoll/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Collaborative Concept Album 'Planetarium' Captures Cosmic Grandeur And Desolation

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The Beach Boys' 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow includes 54 rarities from 1967, the year Wild Honey was released. Ken Veeder / George Jerman/Capitol Photo Archives/UMe hide caption

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