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  • 10 years ago

    Until now, the musical collision of Lusophone and African diasporas called Cape Verde has been defined by Cesaria Evora's massive morna flowing wide and deep over any rhythm it encounters. But Lura, once Evora's opening act, reveals a more variega...

  • 10 years ago

    You can miss the Hawaiian specifics and still get the gist of 20-year-old Raiatea Helm's new traditionalist groove on Sweet & Lovely: the tasteful instrumentation highlighting ukulele and steel guitar, the elders cameos, the Hawaiian-language lyri...

  • 10 years ago

    Did bluegrass spring fully formed from Bill Monroe's head or does it just sound that way? Whatever the facts, it's been the classical music of country for more than 50 years, all about virtuosity expressed within severe formal limits. For country ...

  • 11 years ago

    Maybe there's finally enough Christmas music, or maybe it's election fallout. Exploring the Xmas intersection of cheesy and ironic? No thanks, I've had my fill. Got lots of roots obscurities? Obscurity without illumination is just what I'm afraid ...

  • 11 years ago

    Thirty-seven years later, Brian Wilson has completed and released Smile. With the help of original collaborator Van Dyke Parks and Wilson's current brain trust—wife Melinda, house intellectual David Leaf, L.A. powerpop polymaths the Wondermin...

  • 11 years ago

    "A love letter to my Canadian heritage," K.D. Lang called Hymns of the 49th Parallel at Carnegie Hall in June. But it's a love letter sent from Southern California, where Lang lives, along with the composers—Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard...

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