Barwick’s songs are musical inkblot tests: The voices trickle in and out, but never quite materialize into lyrical coherency. So it’s up to the listener to interpret them and ascribe personal meaning.
On her 14th album, a collaboration with top producer Dave Cobb, the country veteran traces her memories while still looking toward the unknown.
Singer Kacy Anderson and fingerstyle guitarist Clayton Linthicum carve out plenty of room for play in their take on British and Appalachian folk and pre-electric blues.
On the Louisiana band’s first album, blues, classic rock and gospel come together with concision, force and a punk-rock heart.
The popular jazz singer follows a familiar pattern on his new album: It’s acoustic, unconcerned with fashion or complexity, and both overpowering and soothing. That’s a good thing.
The singer, a veteran of TV’s True Detective, uses sensual minimalism to get at emotional truths. Hers is the sort of wistful awareness that gets under your skin.
To the extent that Snarky Puppy has a core sonic idea, it’s an intricate melody over a multifaceted groove, as generated by multiple horn players, guitarists, keyboardists and percussionists.
The long-running roots-pop band’s new music nicely re-creates a honeyed, harmony-rich sound while still expanding it in subtle, appealing ways.
The Melbourne psych-rock septet unleashes a thoroughly realized journey, embedded in a frenzied barrage of riff-heavy head-bangers.
One of Los Angeles’ beloved denizens of the soul/jazz/hip-hop underground invites the likes of Madlib and Kamasi Washington to join him in creating a moving ode to spirituality.
A brilliant new album by an always unpredictable band, Nocturnal Koreans is a view of the more experimental side of Wire, mysterious and potent.
On the heels of the Americana band’s third album, How to Dance, North Carolina’s Mount Moriah swung through the Wilderness Bureau…
For Simpson’s first album since his 2014 breakthrough, the inventive country singer crafts a highly personal song cycle about order and insubordination.
With the help of producer Tucker Martine and a smart, subtle band, Hoop and Beam achieve a fine balance — of songwriting sensibilities and of time in the spotlight.
On the Louisiana band’s fourth album, its catchy and dynamic songs sound invigorated, immediate and more forceful than ever.
The filmmaker and musician, known for his work on movies such as Halloween, revisits the approach that defined his synth-heavy soundtrack work.
The young soul singer refuses to take sides in R&B’s generational divide, so his songs all sound familiar, even when they’re several things at once.
Meg Baird leads a supergroup with the skills, the background and the vision to play dark acid-folk for a modern generation.
On his eighth solo album, the singer and multi-instrumentalist crafts a warm, thoughtful mood piece, buoyed by guest stars but desolate where necessary.
The Twin Cities band’s roiling, hands-on electronic music hews between dance fare that could catalyze a club and slower new-wave sounds.