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Various Artists, “Swamp Pop by the Bayou: Let’s Get Together Tonight” (Ace Records)

This is the eighth release in this series of Ace CDs celebrating the indigenous rock ’n’ roll and R&B of South Louisiana and East Texas. Among the 28 rare and […]

Rewind: Johnny J. and the Hitmen, “Nuclear Hayride”

“The Hitmen were Dave Clements (bass) and Joey Torres (drums). We recorded that album in the later part of 1984 and it came out in January of 1985. We were […]

Vox and the Hound, “Aloha Shores” (Independent)

Lots of things make me think of David Bowie nowadays, and this CD is one of them. Not that Vox and the Hound ape Bowie to any great extent, but […]

Erica Falls, “HomeGrown” (Vintage Soul)

After years of working in the perfectionist atmosphere of Allen Toussaint’s band and the energy of Galactic, Erica Falls has released an album that is all about her. Fall’s professionalism […]

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, “Diaspora” (Ropeadope/Stretch Music)

Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah continues his exploration of what he describes as “stretch music,” as he did on his 2015 album of the same name and another release this […]

Steve Judice, “Loose Ends” (Independent)

Steve Judice is a full-time lawyer and part-time musician who’s taken a simple but rather brilliant approach to making his name as a traditionally countryish troubadour: He simply finds out […]

Gary Nichols featuring Charlie Musselwhite & Spooner Oldham, “Field of Plenty” (Merrimack Records)

From the early–twentieth century illustration on the front that celebrates youth and bounty to the striking classic Dust Bowl photograph on the back that reveals the truth about our priorities, […]

Paul Simon, “The Concert in Hyde Park” (Legacy)

Paul Simon’s concert at the UNO Lakefront Arena in November 2011 was one of the most satisfying music events I’ve ever attended. I’d seen Simon perform before and I’ve seen […]

Rick Bear and Friends, “Sweetness” (Independent)

Like the perfect butler, the perfect jazz drummer is usually invisible but crucial, and Rick Bear takes that lesson to heart on his debut solo album, sitting comfortably in the […]

Vanessa Collier, “Meeting My Shadow” (Ruf)

Vanessa Collier is a quadruple threat. A Maryland-based singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, she’s released a soul, blues and gospel–touched second album, Meeting My Shadow, via Germany’s Ruf Records. A […]