Monday , November 22 2021

Album Reviews

Music Reviews: David Fulmer – ‘Sky’s Acetylene’ and Apollo Chamber Players – ‘With Malice Toward None’

Apollo Chamber Players With Malice Toward None

A captivating piece by David Fulmer and an inventive collection of folk-influenced music from the Apollo Chamber Players

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Music Reviews: Ruth Brown, Laura Nyro, Dori Freeman, James McMurtry, Al Ross & the Planets, Bren Holmes, and Chillingsworth Surfingham

An anthology from R&B queen Ruth Brown, Laura Nyro at age 18, a Dori Freeman gem, and more new releases you ought to hear.

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Music Reviews: The Monumental ‘R&B in DC’ plus Bob Marley, Gene Pitney, the Faux Paws, and Brad Vickers

The latest gargantuan box set from Germany's Bear Family label showcases seminal rhythm and blues–related music from the Washington, D.C. area.

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Music Review: ‘Feminine Care’ Lexagon

Cover Feminine Care Lexagon

Feminine Care, by Bay Area multimedia artist Lexagon (AKA Alexa Burrell) on Ratskin Records, is a complex and subtle musical examination of what it meant to be a woman of colour living during the time of the Trump presidency. However, anyone expecting strident political statements will be sorely disappointed, as …

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Music Reviews: ‘The Jimmie Vaughan Story’ plus Suzie Ungerleider, Connie Smith, Karen Jonas, Matt Jaffe, and Ward Hayden

A star-studded box set surveys highlights from Jimmie Vaughan's long career. Also, five more noteworthy new CDs.

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Music Reviews: ‘Girl from the North Country’ Soundtrack, plus Explorer Tapes, Oregon, Sierra Ferrell, and Ben Bostick

Must-hear covers of Bob Dylan songs fill the soundtrack to Broadway's 'Girl from the North Country.' Also reviewed: a pop-rock gem from Explorer Tapes, a live set from Oregon, newcomer Sierra Ferrell, and Ben Bostick's excellent fourth CD.

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Music Reviews: Beach Boys’ ‘Feel Flows,’ plus Colin Hay, Gram Parsons, and Ellen Foley

A five-CD set shines a light on recordings from the Beach Boys' underappreciated later years. Also, interpretive material from Colin Hay, rehearsal tapes from Gram Parsons, and new music from Ellen Foley.

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Music Reviews: Archival Releases from Nina Simone, Plus Dallas Burrow, Son Volt, Mick Kolassa, & Kate Taylor

A remastered edition of Simone's extraordinary 1958 debut and a collection of her live performances, plus more new CDs you should know about.

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