Dent May, “Across the Multiverse”
When times get tough, it’s easy to check out. It’s harder to be present. Dent May gets it.
Joe Henderson, “The Elements” [reissue]
For as much as the spiritual jazz movement of the 1970s reached for the stars, the great triumph of “The Elements” is how earthbound it feels.
The Magazine of Champions: On the Shabby Brilliance of “Grand Royal” Magazine
In conjunction with the label of the same name, the Beastie Boys launched “Grand Royal” magazine without much of a plan. But with the help of a ramshackle editorial team that included Spike Jonze and Bob Mack, they didn’t need one.
Benedek, “Bene’s World”
Benedek’s affinity as a collector of artifacts—and their means of merging with his creative process to produce music—gleefully bridges reminiscence with newness.
The Myrrors, “Hasta La Victoria”
Like Jonny Greenwood and Shye Ben Tzur’s “Junun,” this is music that uses rhythm and repetition—and strategic departures from both—as ways of generating and shaping power; it is a suggestion of community.
Gary Bartz Ntu Troop, “Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru”
Bartz was interested in broadcasting a particular worldview, one that was stridently African, anti-war, and cosmically enlightened. He wanted to make music that reflected his experience.
Randy Newman, “Dark Matter”
Now that he’s settled into his seventies and is releasing his eleventh studio album, it’s a remarkable comfort to see how unflinching Randy Newman remains.
PREMIERE: Ross Goldstein Makes Collaboration Magisterial on “Inverted Jenny” LP
The New York musician builds a wall of sound in the Catskills.
The Two Sides of Pickathon’s Happy Valley
It was a festival filled with dualities: that Charles Bradley is not a lone eagle, that J Mascis can blow out an amp and shred on acoustic within a matter of hours, that the pleasant Pacific Northwest can still get really freakin’ hot.
Popol Vuh, “Agape-Agape Love-Love” and “Spirit of Peace” [reissues]
Popol Vuh Agape-Agape Love-Love (8/10) Spirit of Peace (9/10) ONE WAY STATIC Of all the disparate figures grouped incongruously under the “Krautrock” banner, none sought…
The Show Outside of the Show
What happens to America’s third-largest city when over 100,000 people take over its downtown?
LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Lollapalooza (8/3–6/2017)
Party at the lake house.
Four-Day Weekend: Lollapalooza 2017 in Review
Chicago’s premier music festival is still the best way to walk a marathon.
Boom-Shaka-Laka: FLOODfest Chicago Gets Physical
Sylvan Esso, Grace Mitchell, Gus alt-J, and Flint Eastwood helped a massive crowd ball to the break of dawn.
The Districts, “Popular Manipulations”
This is how most of “Popular Manipulations” works: starts modest, grows bolder, ends up on a mountaintop.
Manchester Orchestra, “A Black Mile to the Surface”
The Atlanta group’s latest is a next step that feels fitting for them.
Funky Boss: Evan Bernard Breaks Down the Greatest Hits of Nathanial Hornblower
The filmmaker—and expert in all things Beastie Boys—gives us an inside look at the music video career of MCA’s Swiss uncle, who was definitely a real person.
Avey Tare, “Eucalyptus”
On the Animal Collective leader’s latest solo effort, there’s still dense canopy to explore.