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  • Terence Blanchard

    published February 19, 2014

    Over his prolific, 30-plus-year career, trumpeter Terence Blanchard has scored dozens of films — including most of Spike Lee's — while... More >>

  • Habib Koité

    published February 19, 2014

    Recent turmoil in Mali — essentially a struggle to preserve the nation's rich multicultural heritage against Taliban-like troglodytes... More >>

  • Eleni Mandell

    published February 12, 2014

    Across a career stretching back to the late '90s, L.A. singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell has acquired comparisons to Tom Waits, X, and Patsy Cline,... More >>

  • Gregory Porter

    published February 12, 2014

    With a warm, supple baritone voice and agile songwriting that's both poetic and emotionally direct, Gregory Porter is hailed as a significant new... More >>

  • Kenny Brown

    published January 29, 2014

    A protégé and longtime bandmate of North Mississippi blues icon R.L. Burnside, Kenny Brown is a prodigiously accomplished guitarist... More >>

  • The Black Angels / Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville

    published January 29, 2014

    Psychedelic music is experiencing a resurgence with all the kozmic implications of an acid flashback thanks to bands like Austin's Black Angels... More >>

  • Michael Janisch's Purpose Built Quintet

    published January 22, 2014

    Based in England for nearly a decade, Wisconsin native Michael Janisch is a coveted session acoustic and electric bassist, composer, producer,... More >>

  • Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

    published January 22, 2014

    Bassekou Kouyate completely revolutionized the ngoni, an ancient West African oblong lute traditionally used to accompany a singer. Kouyate... More >>

  • Tom McDermott with Patty & the Buttons

    published January 22, 2014

    New Orleans pianist and composer Tom McDermott distinguishes himself by an unusually broad musical palette — ragtime, stride, Brazilian... More >>

  • Jake Bugg

    published January 15, 2014

    Nottingham teenager Jake Bugg created a stir with his self-titled debut, combining a major dose of early-'60s Washington Square folk with touches... More >>

  • DakhaBrakha

    published January 15, 2014

    The Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha, which translates as "give/take," refers to its music as "ethnic chaos." Turmoil certainly has been prevalent in... More >>

  • Yuck

    published January 15, 2014

    London-based Yuck got off to a fine start with their 2011 eponymous debut, a melodically informed slab of noise pop that attracted enthusiastic... More >>

  • Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

    published January 8, 2014

    Bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley is a genuine music legend. Bill Monroe may have launched bluegrass, but Ralph and his brother Carter came up with... More >>

  • Railroad Earth

    published January 8, 2014

    Bucolic New Jersey outfit Railroad Earth may have started out in bluegrass, but the expansive Americana realm it now inhabits continues to grow... More >>

  • David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio

    published January 8, 2014

    Monster mandolin maven David Grisman could have had a bit part alongside Llewyn Davis in the Coen brothers' new movie, since Grisman started out... More >>

  • Curtiss A's Tribute to Hank Williams

    published January 1, 2014

    The Dean of Scream (a.k.a. Curt Almsted) has been doing his John Lennon tribute on the anniversary of the Beatle's murder for more than three... More >>

  • Roberta Gambarini

    published January 1, 2014

    Born and raised in Torino, Italy, Roberta Gambarini dazzled the jazz world soon after she hit the states with her terrific voice, earning... More >>

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