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  • Karriem Riggins Experience

    published June 24, 2009

    A drummer and producer, Karriem Riggins splits his time among jazz, hip hop, and the increasingly potent ground in between. His extensive... More >>

  • Vieux Farka Touré

    published June 24, 2009

    It may be ironic to be named Vieux ("old" en français) when you’re the young heir to the brilliant sub-Sahara blues-guitar stylings of... More >>

  • Femi Kuti; King Sunny Ade

    published June 24, 2009

    This terrific bill pairs one Nigerian music giant with another's son—now with a solid rep of his own. Guitarist and singer King Sunny Ade... More >>

  • The Avett Brothers; Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers

    published June 24, 2009

    The word is that North Carolina's Avett Brothers are on the verge of the big time, awaiting only the mid-August release of their Rick... More >>

  • Los Lonely Boys

    published June 24, 2009

    Los Hermanos Garza return for what's becoming their annual zoo gig, promising to once again leave both tigers and humans howling with pleasure... More >>

  • Rosanne Cash

    published June 24, 2009

    If you need a primer on country music, you couldn't find a better source than one of the genre's giants, Johnny Cash. In 1973, concerned that his... More >>

  • Charles Lloyd New Quartet

    published June 24, 2009

    First off, the members of Charles Lloyd's latest, incomparable quartet: pianist Jason Moran, drummer Eric Harland, bassist Reuben Rogers. It's a... More >>

  • Toots & the Maytals

    published June 24, 2009

    Formed in Kingston in the early '60s, Toots and the Maytals played a seminal role in the evolution of reggae from ska and rock steady, and are... More >>

  • New Orleans jazz man Allen Toussaint talks hurricanes, new album

    published June 17, 2009

    A renaissance man of New Orleans music, Allen Toussaint is directly responsible for dozens of iconic songs that helped define the quirky... More >>

  • Hiromi

    published June 17, 2009

    Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara can knock you out with her phenomenal technique, lightning-fast velocity, rhythmic sense, free-flowing compositions... More >>

  • Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood

    published June 17, 2009

    In 1969, Eric Clapton was already well established as a guitar god—if not the prime deity himself—while Steve Winwood had been... More >>

  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

    published June 17, 2009

    Born out of the excruciating hardship of civil war, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars now play buoyant, joyful music that serves as a beacon of... More >>

  • Bettye LaVette

    published June 10, 2009

    Although her résumé runs through four decades and includes numerous recordings (including some for big-timers like Atlantic and... More >>

  • The Levon Helm Band

    published June 10, 2009

    Levon Helm once sang and played drums and mandolin for a certain quintet that was so formidable it was simply dubbed the Band. It created rock for... More >>

  • Tower of Power

    published June 10, 2009

    For some 40 years, Tower of Power's wickedly tight horns have been churning out classic R&B and soul, both on the group's own albums and backing... More >>

  • Orange Mighty Trio (CD-Release)

    published June 10, 2009

    "Bluegrassical" is the fantasy term coined by the locally based Orange Mighty Trio for their particularly distinctive brand of music, which sure... More >>

  • Iris DeMent

    published June 10, 2009

    Reclusive and anything but prolific, Iris Dement still ranks among the most remarkable singer-songwriters of her generation. Her splendid,... More >>

  • Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Festival

    published June 10, 2009

    For the fifth time, Famous Dave's will be firing up the smoker and a fine contingent of the blues outside in downtown Minneapolis for the rib... More >>

  • Jay Epstein with Bill Carrothers & Anthony Cox: Easy Company

    published June 10, 2009

    The company may be easy, but the ideas are complex and the playing especially cerebral on this luminous summit of three of the smartest players... More >>

  • Pinetop Perkins

    published June 3, 2009

    A few weeks shy of his 95th birthday, seminal blues pianist Pinetop Perkins continues to showcase his trademark boogie roll on the ivories and... More >>

  • Portugal. The Man

    published June 3, 2009

    Apparently having survived the ignominy of originally hailing from the Alaska town where wacko, right-wing kewpie doll Sarah Palin once served as... More >>

  • Ari Hoenig

    published May 27, 2009

    Philly-born, Brooklyn-based drummer Ari Hoenig combines jaw-dropping intensity, phenomenal technique, and visionary perspective, making him a... More >>

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    published May 27, 2009

    The Yeahs burst onto the scene as fire-breathing garage-rock revivalists, exulting in the lusty pleasures of a raging guitar, crashing drums, and... More >>

  • Holy Fuck

    published May 27, 2009

    These are Canadians (for fuck's sake!) who spout expletives (at least the nominative one) and perform wild-ass, improvised electronica over... More >>

  • Santigold

    published May 27, 2009

    To clear up the name issue right away, Santogold is now Santigold. Both are the alter ego of Philly/Brooklyn singer Santi White, who formerly... More >>

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