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  • Invisible Guy

    published March 18, 2015

    Invisible Guy is a trio featuring clarinetist Ben Goldberg, drummer Hamir Atwal, and pianist Michael Coleman. All three are busy San Francisco Bay... More >>

  • Cursive

    published March 18, 2015

    Cursive helped put Omaha on the indie-rock map in the early '00s by combining traces of punk with theatrical concepts, intense lyrics, serrated... More >>

  • Helado Negro

    published March 18, 2015

    Helado Negro (that's "black ice cream" en español) is the working group name of experimental electronics wizard Roberto Carlos Lange, a... More >>

  • Jack DeJohnette's Made in Chicago

    published March 11, 2015

    This extraordinary event is much more than a performance by Jack DeJohnette, one of the most innovative, influential drummers in jazz history.... More >>

  • The Gaslight Anthem

    published March 11, 2015

    With the release of their fifth album, Get Hurt, the Gaslight Anthem poured more, well, gas on the flaming puzzle. Never shy of their... More >>

  • Chris Botti with the Minnesota Orchestra

    published March 11, 2015

    Trumpeter Chris Botti is both an internationally popular touring juggernaut and a quintessential crossover musician, equally at home playing... More >>

  • Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlesela

    published March 4, 2015

    South African music legends Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela are renowned not only for the ebullient, joyful music they've created over their long... More >>

  • Tweedy/The Minus 5

    published March 4, 2015

    Tweedy's double album, Sukierae, is indelibly tied to family. The chief Tweedy is Wilco's Jeff, who does nearly everything on the album and... More >>

  • Gov't Mule + John Scofield

    published February 25, 2015

    With a cursory glance, Gov't Mule, led by flame-breathing guitarist Warren Hayes, and revered jazz guitarist John Scofield might seem like an odd... More >>

  • The Campbell Brothers: John Coltrane's A Love Supreme

    published February 25, 2015

    To mark the 50th anniversary of saxophonist John Coltrane's groundbreaking masterpiece, A Love Supreme, Lincoln Center and Duke University... More >>

  • Greensky Bluegrass

    published February 25, 2015

    As their dichotomous earthy/ethereal, vaguely psychedelic name implies, Kalamazoo's Greensky Bluegrass are not your everyday, Flatt &... More >>

  • Punch Brothers

    published February 25, 2015

    After recently polishing his Renaissance man credentials by hosting Prairie Home in place of Garrison Keillor, singer, songwriter, and... More >>

  • Kacey Musgraves

    published February 18, 2015

    East Texas native Kacey Musgraves made a splash with her 2013 major-label debut, Same Trailer Different Park, picking up Grammys for Best... More >>

  • Glen David Andrews

    published February 18, 2015

    Redemption, New Orleans trombonist/vocalist Glen David Andrews's electrifying, career (re-)defining opus, is all about metaphoric rebirth,... More >>

  • Catfish and the Bottlemen

    published February 18, 2015

    Named for a long-forgotten Australian busker, Catfish and the Bottlemen are four early twentysomethings out of Llandudno, Wales, who built a... More >>

  • Assad Brothers & Romero Lubambo

    published February 11, 2015

    This summit among a trio of virtuoso Brazilian guitarists is dubbed Samba Exótico and promises to go deep into the seductive heart of... More >>

  • Sleater-Kinney

    published February 11, 2015

    Almost a decade after going on hiatus, Sleater-Kinney rocket out of the abyss with a new maturity that's every bit as fierce, urgent, and... More >>

  • Tower of Power

    published February 4, 2015

    Longstanding paragon of Oakland soul Tower of Power have been hipper than hip for going on half a century. Since the late '60s, the boys from the... More >>

  • Bad Suns

    published February 4, 2015

    L.A.'s Bad Suns shine brightest when they find the right balance among lustrous hooks, jittery urgency, bubbly enthusiasm, adolescent angst, and... More >>

  • Dave Mason's Traffic Jam

    published February 4, 2015

    Traffic were among the key British bands of the late '60s and early '70s and one of the most idiosyncratic, blending folk, rock, soul, and pop... More >>

  • Monsieur Jeffery Evans

    published January 28, 2015

    A semi-legendary character out of Ohio but based in Memphis for several decades, Monsieur Jeffery Evans (the French connection is dubious) is a... More >>

  • Chris Potter & the Underground Quartet

    published January 28, 2015

    Over the past two decades, Chris Potter has emerged as a premier post-bop saxophonist, combining marvelous expression and tone with an abundance... More >>

  • The Vaselines

    published January 21, 2015

    One claim to fame of the Vaselines was Kurt Cobain's proclamation that the Scottish band was a key influence. Nirvana, in fact, covered at least... More >>

  • Leigh Kamman Celebration

    published January 21, 2015

    Leigh Kamman was intimately familiar with the magic of jazz and radio. He put them together for more than six decades, including 34 years as the... More >>

  • Dianne Reeves

    published January 21, 2015

    Acclaimed for her expressive, supple multi-octave voice and outstanding scatting ability, Dianne Reeves is in every respect a modern jazz diva who... More >>

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