Near and Far
Greg Gendron is no stranger to feeling like a kind of isolated, home-sick astronaut. He’s been a submariner with the Navy; he also spent a good five years in a foreign land — Japan. So it probably makes perfect sense that his duo, Sun Machines, revolves around the concept of space travel, in all its excitement and weirdness.
American Band, the long-running rock band’s 11th album, lives up to its name in how it digests, understands and challenges the notions of what it means to be American.
On her sixth album, the Norwegian singer Jenny Hval aims for impact, surrounding her vulnerable voice with spiky, disarming instrumentation that bolsters the intensity and intimacy of her songs.
On this long-awaited solo album, the Grateful Dead veteran showcases his songwriting gifts with the aid of collaborators such as Josh Ritter and The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner.
The inspired Head Carrier reaffirms all the spark, wit and weirdness, tempered by the occasional burst of emotional rawness, that made people fall in love with the Pixies in the first place.
On the cusp of his 70th birthday, the revered singer-songwriter sets down his pen to explore country classics with some stellar duet partners.
The pan-generational duo Suzanne Ciani and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith pay tribute to the modular synth pioneer. “Don Buchla made it possible for me to share the way I hear and connect with the world.”
Anybody who talks to bassist/composer Daniel Barbiero about his favorite intellectual pursuits is likely to come out of the conversation…
The veteran composer crafts a masterfully emotional and poignant score to Yoji Yamada’s heartbreaking new film. The 28 tracks here are so patient, they can make the world seem to move in slow motion.
The newest project by Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner is a reflective, slyly infectious set of synth-pop songs. Throughout the album, the singer demonstrates her gift for patient, atmospheric slow burns.
On its new album, the Philly rock band rattles the rafters with grace, power and concision. These are songs by and for the alienated, out-of-place, searching and otherwise disconnected.
The former Walkmen frontman records an album with the help of Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. Throughout, the two surround the singer’s voice with surprising, sometimes old-fashioned sounds.
On the 30th anniversary of his debut, the country star releases his first-ever bluegrass album — though this isn’t quite the simple, back-to-roots affair the concept suggests.
Guitarist Jeff Barsky of Insect Factory did some deep thinking about that little red dot on your Facebook page. It put his latest album in focus.
It’s debatable whether the 1985 comedy Brewster’s Millions is a true classic, but the Richard Pryor/John Candy flick has certainly…
Before it begins work on its Roadrunner Records debut, the Baltimore hardcore’s band new EP seeks to break down “physical, sexual, musical genre, world barriers.”
The charismatic yet contradictory rapper Tupac Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996. To mark the 20th anniversary of his death, poet Kwame Alexander has this commentary.
The British rapper remains both successful and controversial, but she tells NPR’s David Greene she’s just trying to widen the conversation.
Through travelogues, story-songs and a literary quality that’s been honed to a cutting edge, Taylor Goldsmith and his band have crafted their most ambitious record to date.
On the band’s follow-up to Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the personal and political dovetail into an inseparable tangle of anxieties and fuel for protest.