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Ghost Rhythms - Live at Yoshiwara (Cuneiform)

10 December 2019

Live at Yoshiwara is music made at a high level, but with an accessibility and humor that makes it cracking entertainment as much as high art.

Rob Alexander - Being Myself (Self-Released)

9 December 2019

Indebted to his heroes, Rob Alexander nevertheless continues to prove that he has his own distinct voice with Being Myself.

Sonar with David Torn - Trancesportation (Volume 1) (RareNoise)

9 December 2019

Swiss quartet Sonar takes a unique approach to its music by tuning all of its guitars and bass to tritones, also known as augmented fourths.

The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed deluxe 50th ann. box (ABKCO)

5 December 2019

The rivalry between the Rolling Stones and the Beatles may have been almost entirely fictional (Paul McCartney has called it “fake news” at concerts since the 2016 presidential election), but that doesn’t mean the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band would allow the Beatles 50th anniversary celebration of Abbey Road to go unanswered.

Moon Duo by Cecilia Fonseca

Moon Duo – Lodge Room, Highland Park (L.A.) November 22, 2019

28 November 2019

Moon Duo brought the psychedelic live show for their stunning new album Stars Are the Light to a packed house at Lodge Room last Friday, with support from Umberto.

Robyn Hitchcock - Murmrr Theatre (Brooklyn) - November 21, 2019

27 November 2019

As the night closed with a stunning “Visions of Johanna,” we were transported back out into the Brooklyn night knowing that we’d once again witnessed an absolute master of his craft.

Live at Home

James Brown – Live at Home with His Bad Self (Republic/UMe)

25 November 2019

The Godfather of Soul sets the stage on fire. Funky nirvana ensues.

The Rolling Stones – Bridges to Buenos Aires (Eagle Rock/Universal)

25 November 2019

Rack Bridges to Buenos Aires alongside Bridges to Bremen, No Security and concert film Bridges to Babylon Tour ’97–98 for a broad overview of a year when the Rolling Stones circled the globe and played to well over four million fans. This set’s highlights set Bridges to Buenos Aires apart.

Silencia, the 10th album from Hammock.

Hammock - Silencia (Hammock Music)

24 November 2019

“Silver-laden music with elven choirs may not transport you to Rivendell, but it will surely bloom into something precious and wonderful and stay present in your head.”

Robert Forster - Bell House (Brooklyn) - November 16, 2019

21 November 2019

The audience, in turn, gave him rousing applause at every turn, keeping him onstage at moments when others would’ve walked out awaiting applause for an encore. Visibly moved by this response, he vowed to come back to the U.S. sooner. We can’t wait.

booker t

Booker T. & the MG’s – The Complete Stax Singles Volume 1 (1962-1967) (Real Gone Music)

12 November 2019

Sublime soul instrumentals, from “Green Onions” to “Hip Hug-Her.”

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker - Little Common Twist

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker - Little Common Twist (Thrill Jockey)

12 November 2019

Whereas most collaborative efforts result in uninhibited vibe sessions, Little Common Twist offers informal exploration with intent.

Peter Murphy of Bauhaus - photo by Cecilia Fonseca

Bauhaus with Automatic - Hollywood Palladium (L.A.) November 4, 2019

10 November 2019

Bauhaus returned from a 13-year hiatus to perform two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Palladium last week, with support from L.A. trio Automatic.

ChameleonsVox with Theatre of Hate and Jay Aston - Saint Vitus (Brooklyn) - November 9, 2019

10 November 2019

By choosing to focus exclusively on Chameleons material, though, he made me and the rest of the crowd very happy!

Sparks - Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks (BMG) 

8 November 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks at the importance of Sparks as they release a comprehensive collection, Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks.

Blaine Campbell - Happy Faces B/W Movin' On (Big Stir Records)

7 November 2019

This Friday November 8, Blaine Campbell releases the digital single “Happy Faces” via Big Stir Records, a taste of his upcoming Under The Tidal Wave album.

The Kinks, Arthur

The Kinks – Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (BMG/ABKCO)

6 November 2019

Ray Davies’ greatest concept album gets supersized.

Yates And Delany - Lost And Found (Self-Released) 

6 November 2019

Peter Yates and Andy Delany release a sublime set on the Lost And Found Ep

Luna - Bowery Ballroom (New York) - October 20, 2019

5 November 2019

For the encore, we got another full set of covers (including an additional encore) and material from other Luna albums.

Best Coast - For The First Time (Concord Records)

5 November 2019

Best Coast are back with a new single and the promise of a new album in 2020

The Doors - The Soft Parade 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Elektra Catalog)

5 November 2019

The Doors release a much expanded celebration of The Soft Parade, by no means a lazy collection put together without forethought.

The Kut - X-Ray Eyes (Criminal Records)

4 November 2019

The Kut present a new single “X-Ray Eyes”, a brash banger, energetic and magnetic which draws audiences into their aura.

Chrissie Hynde - Valve Bone Woe (BMG) 

1 November 2019

Chrissie Hynde has released her latest solo work Valve Bone Woe, an album which is anchored in a jazz-psychedelia sound with sprinkles of electronica.

Chris Knight - Almost Daylight (Drifters Church/Thirty Tigers)

1 November 2019

The long awaited return of one of Kentucky’s finest singer/songwriters picks up right where he left off.

R.E.M - Monster 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe (Craft Recordings)

31 October 2019

R.E.M. are set to release an expanded edition of Monster, marking twenty-five years of the modern classic

Gozer Goodspeed - Running with the Outliers (Self-Released)

30 October 2019

On November 15, Gozer Goodspeed releases his new album Running With The Outliers, an album of gravel soaked grace with an in-your-face presentation. 

Horror Stories (Random House)

29 October 2019

Nothing she’s done before can prepare you for Liz Phair’s Horror Stories.

Vivian Girls - Warsaw (Brooklyn) - October 17, 2019

29 October 2019

If a welcome home reunion show could be more triumphant, I don’t really know how. I was blown away.

Reese Wynans and Friends – Sweet Release (J&R Adventures)

27 October 2019

The former Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan sideman celebrates his 50+ year career in rock, soul, and country music with the release of his own first album.

The Injured Parties – Product Placement (Zenith Beast)

27 October 2019

The torch of great Midwestern power-pop passed from bands like Shoes and Cheap Trick is carried another mile by the Injured Parties on songs including the acerbic “Murder the Truth” and idealistic call to action “Obama’s Girl.”

Morrissey – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco) – October 3, 2019

27 October 2019

The controversial ex-Smiths singer’s stellar showmanship won the day again.

Eva Schubert - Hot Damn Romance EP (Self-Released)

26 October 2019

Hot Damn Romance is a wonderful addition for any fans of classic jazz who say they don’t make them like they used to, because Eva Schubert has clearly proven them wrong.

The Venus Fly Trap - Europa (Glass Miniature)

25 October 2019

On October 31st, The Venus Fly Trap re-release “Europa”, a slice of bleak, goth-drenched brilliance

Daystar - The Complete Recordings (self-released)

25 October 2019

Ah, the virtues of two guitars, bass, drums and melody.

Khruangbin at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival - Moreno Beach (Lake Perris, CA) October 13, 2019

24 October 2019

The final day of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Ride, Khruangbin, Moses Sumney and Lightning Bolt.

Theatre Royal - Incidental Friend EP (Medlar Records/Vacilando '68)

24 October 2019

Theatre Royal announce an upcoming Ep, a teaser for their next long-player due in 2020.

Ween at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival - Moreno Beach (Lake Perris, CA) October 12, 2019

22 October 2019

Day two of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by Devo, Ween, Parquet Courts, and Altin Gun.

Sonny Winnebago - Take Me For A Ride (Trackd)

22 October 2019

The debut single by Sonny Winnebago offers up a promise of what’s to come

PJ Harvey - All Bout Eve {Bonus Track Ep} (Invada Records)

22 October 2019

PJ Harvey celebrates the release of the All About Eve soundtrack on vinyl with an Ep of bonus material.

Bakersfield

Various Artists – The Bakersfield Sound 1940-1974 (Bear Family)

21 October 2019

California’s honky-tonk hotbed gets a fascinating, sprawling survey.

Tim Kinsella - Sunshine on an Open Tomb

Tim Kinsella - Sunshine on an Open Tomb (Featherproof Books)

21 October 2019

For those who find Howard Zinn to be somewhat tame, Sunshine on an Open Tomb is Tim Kinsella’s History of the United States.

The Flaming Lips at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival (Moreno Beach, CA) October 11, 2019

20 October 2019

Day one of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by The Flaming Lips, Stereolab, Animal Collective, and Metz.

Scott Chasolen - Living in Limbo (Self-Released)

20 October 2019

Perhaps it’s insensitive to say, but the drama evident in Chasolen’s personal life has made Living in Limbo is most mature and profound work to date.

Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue - The Collection (Rave On)

18 October 2019

Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue is one of those strange cases where the bandleader becomes the least well-known member of his own gig.

Debbie Harry - Face It (HarperCollins)

18 October 2019

Debbie Harry’s memoir Face It is a series of interviews and stories from the mind of Harry, which they are in plentiful supply, surrounding the late sixties’ scene in New York and beyond.

Clutch – Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden (Boise) – October 14, 2019

17 October 2019

Maryland’s finest rock band has played Idaho many times before, but its latest performance in the Gem State found them reveling in the cool air as the sun set behind them at Outlaw Field.

Tanika Charles - The Gumption (Record Kicks)

17 October 2019

The second album from Canadian soul singer Tanika Charles, The Gumption recalls R&B classics of a bygone age.

The Armoires ‎– Zibaldone (Big Stir Records) 

17 October 2019

The Armoires latest long-player Zibaldone is a well-oiled good time machine of pop-psych thrills that is the effervescent soundtrack to a sunny day.

Jeff Kelly - Beneath the Stars, Above the River (Green Monkey)

16 October 2019

Inspired by his travels in Spain and Portugal, the album mixes fado and flamenco into his usual folk and psych pop.