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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Plus Bell Witch, Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas, Metz, Mr. Sipp and Gracie Terzian

Soundtrack to Jon Brewer’s documentary—which is now at the top of my Amazon Prime Instant Video watchlist—is a fine hour-plus overview of the late bluesman’s career. One of the great guitarists, sure, but check out that scorching vocal on “Take My Hand, Precious Lord"...
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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Plus Royal Thunder, Bruce's Jazz Picks

Some jazz musicians are anguished loners, others are gregarious entertainers. Trombonist Bradshaw is obviously one of the latter. His latest, a 14-track live recording, has a value-packed “wait-there’s-more” quality, with guest artists, massed choirs, and loads of introductions as the parade comes and goes on and off stage...
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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Plus - Bruce Tries on Some Black Metal, Nikki Ignores Jazz

Melody and trance-like rhythms are at the heart of this metal band’s latest. The Atlas Moth combine a lot of the best parts of the post-rock ambient style, but include layered, distorted vocals that get them lumped into the “progressive metal” subgenre...
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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Recommended Listening from Our Experts

The Knights are a group of classical musicians with a jazz-like feel and passion for collaborative effort. This live recording was made in Washington, D.C. at Dumbarton Oaks estate. The 13 tracks (81 minutes) cover works composed by Bach, Stravinsky and members of the collective...
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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Gift Shop Girls - Justin Kauflin - Jaclyn Kerry - and More

Call it hardcore or call it post-punk. All that really matters is this Panama City band is aggressive and brazen. Carrying on the punk traditions of nihilistic lyrics and short song times, Gift Shop Girls prove they’re a force on the regional scene, and they have a fine album under their belts...