• Joe Lovano’s Top 10 Records.

    Joe Lovano – or, “The tenor titan for our times” as critic Chris Kelsey of Allmusic refers to him – is not your average saxophone player. His resume boasts a degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, the forming of the Saxophone Summit with Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker (later replaced by Ravi Coltrane), and […]

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  • Bruce Springsteen’s Desert Island Discs.

    The Boss himself spoke to Desert Island Discs‘ Kirsty Young about his eight favorite tracks of all time. Check out the full audio interview, which originally aired on BBC 4 in December 2016. Don’t miss Springsteen’s reflections on his top song picks below, as well as a custom Spotify playlist. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S DESERT ISLAND DISCS. 1) […]

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  • Tall Tall Trees’ Top 10 Records.

    Mike Savino’s one-man band Tall Tall Trees has carved out a sound of its own. Savino’s unconventional approach to the banjo – or, as he has dubbed his homemade instrument – the Banjotron 5000  – allows for the traditional set of strings to take on nuanced sounds. Add some loops, pedals, and effects, and you’re a […]

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  • Cosmo Sheldrake’s Top 10 Records.

    No artist bridges the organic and the digital like the UK’s Cosmo Sheldrake – a 25 year-old multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer. Known for his playful lyrics (songs about pelicans and tardigrades) as well as his uniquely rich sonic palettes, Sheldrake has quite the resume for his age. He’s spoken and performed at a TEDx event, […]

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  • Jackson Boone’s Top 11 Records.

    As his official bio states, Jackson Boone is “a songwriter who quietly emerged from the misty magic of Portland, Oregon.” Misty is a perfect word for Boone’s music, especially that of his latest record Organic Light Factory, which he recorded with his backing band The Ocean Ghosts. Boone’s sleepy, gorgeous new release is an amalgam of […]

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  • Video Review: Talib Kweli & Styles P, “Last Ones.”

    Rapper, activist, and intellectual Talib Kweli is hailed for his stellar collaborations. The Experience Vinyl curator has worked with giants like A Tribe Called Quest and Mos Def, as well as promising upstarts like Anderson .Paak. Most recently Kweli has reunited with his longtime rap collaborator: Styles P. The duo is set to release The […]

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  • Concert Calendar: 3/13-3/19.

    MONDAY 3/13: London-based shoegaze quartet Kid Wave @Baby’s All Right. Living Colour @City Winery. NYC rapper Bodega Bamz @Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Art-pop Brooklynites Milan To Minsk @Shea Stadium. TUESDAY 3/14: Indie kings The Shins @Bowery Ballroom. Cat Power drummer Nico Turner @C’mon Everybody. Experimental pop duo Buke and Gase (comprised of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez) @Union Pool. […]

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  • This Week In Music: 3/6-3/12.

    David Bowie‘s camp will release two special edition vinyl box sets for Record Store Day on April 22nd. The first, Cracked Actor, being a three-LP live album recorded in Los Angeles circa 1974. The second is called Bowpromo, which was originally a 1971 promo recording featuring songs by Bowie and Dana Gillespie. Chance The Rapper is this week’s hero, […]

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  • Live Review: Breanna Barbara @Knitting Factory Brooklyn.

    Breanna Barbara is having a rough night. Her sunburst Stratocaster is on the fritz. There was talk of car trouble. Sound check took longer than it should have. Yet none of these foibles would have been known, had Barbara not mentioned them with a smile mid set. “It must be that Mercury’s in retrograde,” she […]

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  • Video Review: Xiu Xiu, “Wondering.”

    Slumber parties, pastel gowns, and candy are not the things of Xiu Xiu‘s world. And yet, the experimental noise-pop pioneers helmed by Jamie Stewart have found a perfect balance of benign and bizarre in their new music video for “Wondering.” The lead single off Xiu Xiu’s latest LP FORGET, “Wondering” is an irresistible pop song – albeit an unconventional […]

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