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The Bootheels - 1988: The Original Demos (Omnivore)

28 September 2021

The Bootheels were one of many, many combos knockin’ it out with little goal in mind than making a big honkin’ noise and hoping someone might notice. It’s a familiar story, which begs the question: what makes the Bootheels special enough to earn 1988: The Original Demos, a collection from one of the country’s most respected reissue labels?

Mathias Eick - When We Leave (ECM)

27 September 2021

Eick’s focus is on ensemble playing and melody, often upbeat and overtly pretty melody, not rhythm or improv fire.

Eivind Aarset 4-Tet - Phantamsagoria (or) A Different Sort of Journey (Jazzland)

24 September 2021

Though formally trained, the Norwegian has spent nearly four decades standing consistently at a crossroads where rock, jazz, electronica, psych and ambient music meet, copulate, and produce healthy mutant children.

R&B in D.C.

Various Artists – R&B in D.C. (1940-1960) (Bear Family)

23 September 2021

Soulful stars and wannabes, from Lloyd Price and The Clovers to Baby Dee and TNT Tribble.

David Sanford Big Band featuring Hugh Ragin - A Prayer For Lester Bowie (Greenleaf)

23 September 2021

Sanford presents a wide program on A Prayer For Lester Bowie, encompassing all facets of his musical personality.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985) (Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings)

21 September 2021

Dylan chases inspiration every which way, never pausing to rest.

Renee Rosnes - Kinds of Love (Smoke Sessions)

21 September 2021

The Saskatchewan native is at her best when she and her keyboard are up front, leading a band of excellent musicians in showcasing her own compositions.

Morrissey – Riot Fest (Chicago, IL) – September 16, 2021

20 September 2021

Despite controversial opinions and provocative statements offstage, Morrissey needn’t have questioned his fans’ ardor for his music.

Marc Cary - Life Lessons (Sessionheads United)

20 September 2021

Life Lessons, the latest album from prolific keyboardist and composer Marc Cary, is the kind of record one makes after many years of expansive experience.

The Delevantes - A Thousand Turns (Moonriver)

17 September 2021

Though they never hit the big time, the Delevantes – New Jersey-born brothers Bob and Mike – provided unsung highlights of the nascent Americana scene of the nineties.

Myra Holder - Four Mile Road (Coyote)

16 September 2021

Produced by Chris Stamey and considered a minor classic of the college rock era, Myra Holder’s Four Mile Road has been out of print for decades, but has now been resurrected in digital form for the first time.

Lady Blackbird - Black Acid Soul (BMG)

15 September 2021

The smoke, the glitter, the creeping misery, the fierce joy – it all comes together on Black Acid Soul, the debut LP from Lady Blackbird.

Jim Snidero - Strings (Savant)

14 September 2021

It sometimes seems like every jazz musician has that one specific fantasy – that of being backed by an orchestra, or at least a string section.

Marcin Wasilewski Trio - En attendant (ECM)

13 September 2021

In many ways, the Polish trio embodies the popular perception of the so-called “chamber jazz” that ECM has championed over the decades.

Aakash Mittal - Nocturne (self-released)

10 September 2021

The blend of Indian music and jazz is always an interesting one.

Cromm Fallon - Presents the P200 (Rum Bar)

9 September 2021

Multi-instrumentalist Cromm Fallon plies his trade with the psych popsters the Laissez Faire, among others. But he casts a much wider net when left to his own devices.

Bob Gorry/Pete Brunelli/Peter Riccio - GoBruCcio (NHIC)

8 September 2021

It may be noodling, but it’s noodling with a purpose.

Trivium - Revolution Concert House (Garden City, ID) - September 7, 2021

7 September 2021

From start to finish, neither the Floridians nor the crowd missed a moment to celebrate the band’s impressive catalog — and simply seeing live music again.

Green Lung - Black Harvest (Svart)

7 September 2021

London’s Green Lung follows up its debut album Woodland Rites with second LP Black Harvest, and if you’ve already guessed that we’re getting a metalized soundtrack to a folk horror epic that exists only in the band’s head, you’re dead on.

Kenny Garrett - Sounds of the Ancestors (Mack Avenue)

6 September 2021

When alto sax-wielding jazz warrior Kenny Garrett (Miles Davis, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and many more, including a ton of solo albums) decides to get spiritual, he reaches way back.

Booker T.

Booker T. & the MG’s – The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 2 (1968-1974) (Real Gone Music)

3 September 2021

Elegant instrumental gems from the impeccably funky Memphis quartet.

Jeff Lederer/Sunwatcher - Eightfold Path (Little (i) Music)

3 September 2021

Each of the eight tunes was recorded outside with no rehearsal, and only first takes were used.

Doctor Smoke - Dreamers and the Dead (Ripple Music)

2 September 2021

Taking its time in following up its 2014 debut The Witching Hour, Ohio’s Doctor Smoke sno time in distinguishing itself from the underground metal hordes on Dreamers and the Dead.

Dan Siegel - Faraway Place (self-released)

1 September 2021

Though he’s been a star on smooth jazz radio from pretty much the time he emerged in the early eighties, it’s not a comfortable fit, as his latest LP Faraway Place indicates.

Andrew Renfroe - Run in the Storm (self-released)

31 August 2021

For his first full-length album, up-and-coming young guitarist Andrew Renfroe recruits friends on whose records he’s recorded, including saxophonist Braxton Cook, keyboardist Taber Gable, bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Curtis Nowosad, all part of the new crop of young NYC jazz artists.

Marc Johnson - Overpass (ECM)

30 August 2021

Given the ECM label’s long tradition of solo bass recordings, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for Marc Johnson to release one.

Andrew Cyrille Quartet - The News (ECM)

27 August 2021

While a long-respected and cherished sideperson in many different contexts, drummer Andrew Cyrille has been enjoying a renaissance as a leader. The News, his third album for ECM and second with his Quartet, may be his best for the label yet.

Divine Horsemen - Hot Rise of An Ice Cream Phoenix (In the Red)

26 August 2021

As with the Flesh Eaters’ comeback LP, the intriguingly titled Hot Rise of an Ice Cream Phoenix is a blend of covers, new songs, and updated older material.

Lyle Mays - Eberhard (self-released)

25 August 2021

Eberhard – dedicated to German bassist/composer Eberhard Weber, with whom Mays worked on Metheny’s pre-Group LP Watercolors – is both a tribute to an old friend and a good example of what Mays brought to the table in his various musical endeavors.

Cult of Fire performed at Psycho Las Vegas 2021

Psycho Las Vegas - Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas, NV) - August 20-22, 2021

24 August 2021

Even a global pandemic couldn’t stop the most revered heavy-music festival in the U.S. from taking place.

Emma-Jean Thackray - Yellow (Movementt/Warp)

24 August 2021

The young Yorkshirewoman has as much affinity for funk, soul and psychedelic rock as the spiritual jazz that shimmers through everything on her debut album.

Tom Cohen - My Take (Versa Music)

23 August 2021

Drummer Tom Cohen has played nearly every kind of music imaginable as a session musician. But when given his druthers, the Philadelphia sticksman is partial to jazz. My Take features him in an organ trio setting, joined primarily by B-3 master Joey DeFrancesco and either Tim Warfield or Ralph Bowen on saxophone.

The Joy Formidable - Into the Blue (Enci)

20 August 2021

Regardless of whether or not TJF enjoyed the success that was rightfully theirs, the Welsh combo hasn’t slowed down, releasing its fifth LP Into the Blue.

Tropical Fuck Storm - Deep States (Joyful Noise)

19 August 2021

Unsurprisingly reflecting the difficult times in which it was made and lived, Deep States continues the Melbourne quartet’s mission of deconstruction, tearing down two guitars/bass/drums rock music in order to build it back up.

CousteauX - Stray Gods (Silent X/Salamander)

18 August 2021

Plenty of artists return from extended hiatuses and sputter out with one new album, but not these unique noir rock balladeers. If anything, Stray Gods is stronger than the comeback LP.

The Furious Seasons - Home All Day, Home All Night (Stonegarden Records)

17 August 2021

Home All Day, Home All Night might emerge as one of the more profound artistic statements of the COVID precisely because the band doesn’t date themselves to the era and the album will hold up long after this pandemic is behind us.

High Chair - Hey Mountain Hey (Kiyabisu Records)

17 August 2021

It’s interesting to ponder how these songs would have been received if they had been released in the 90s, but it is undeniable that Hey Mountain Hey is absolutely perfect for this moment.

Moon Coven - Slumber Wood (Ripple Music)

17 August 2021

The great country of Sweden has no shortage of stoner rock bands, so it can be hard to get excited about yet another one. But there’s something about Moon Coven that makes the group stand out.

Foo Fighters - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Maryland Heights, MO) - August 3, 2021

17 August 2021

Review and photos by Philamonjaro. After closing Lollapalooza, Foo Fighters played an indisputably uplifting event at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO.

The Alchemysts - One Eyed Again/Over and Out (Tee Pee Records Annex)

16 August 2021

The Alchemysts may not have existed in two decades, but, thanks to Tee Pee, their music not only lives on – it holds up nicely.

Sorrows - Love Too Late...The Real Album (Big Stir)

13 August 2021

Four decades after the first attempt, Sorrows release their masterpiece.

The Cruzados - She’s Automatic (Scamco)

12 August 2021

Evolving out of L.A.’s much-beloved Chicano punk trio the Plugz, the Cruzados never got their due in their eighties existence – the curse, perhaps, of being a straightforward, punk-pedigreed rock & roll band on a major label (Arista) looking for both the next Bruce Springsteen and the next Poison.

Primus - Ford Idaho Center (Nampa, ID) - August 10, 2021

11 August 2021

A year and a half after Les Claypool’s trio announced a tour during which they would play Rush’s A Farewell to Kings in its entirety, the quirky band finally got the tribute under way in Idaho.

Geoff Palmer - Charts & Graphs (Rum Bar/Stardumb)

11 August 2021

Since his compadre Brad Marino released another solo album this year, naturally fellow Connection singer/songwriter/guitarist Geoff Palmer follows suit.

The Fourth World Quartet - 1975 (Cuneiform)

10 August 2021

The music of Ann Arbor’s Fourth World Quartet lasted less than a year (the titular 1975) and all of two gigs. So what makes this document of fully-realized demos so important?

Country Funk

Various Artists – Country Funk Volume III (1975-1982) (Light in the Attic Records)

9 August 2021

Country cousins take a snort of disco and funk. Get out on the floor!

Dany Laj and the Looks - Ten Easy Pieces (Rum Bar)

9 August 2021

Born in the small town of Kirkland Lake, south of Toronto, singer/guitarist Dany Laj writes the kind of tunes full of yearning: for love, for commitment, for purpose, for getting the hell out of town.

Tenuous Threads - Mettle (Self-Released)

8 August 2021

Rarely is a first release as ambitious as Mettle, and fortunately for the artist and the listener, the finished product more than lives up to that promise in bold and highly original ways.

Damon & Naomi with Kurihara - A Sky Record (20-20-20)

6 August 2021

Boston duo Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang have had a long relationship with legendary Japanese psych guitarist extraordinaire Michio Kurihara (Ghost, Boris, the Stars, White Heaven), but haven’t been able to record with him in a decade.