Midwestern alt-country rockers Hadacol surface with their first release for Missouri indie Slewfoot, and it's a focused, confident effort showcasing insightful, often dark lyrics, robust instrumentation, and the effective sibling harmonies of brothers Fred and Greg Wickham.
The latest in the New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking series of homegrown boxed sets (issued via the orchestra's Special Editions label) is a thoughtfully produced collection celebrating the 11-year tenure of outgoing music director Kurt Masur.
On her original Hebrew composition "Indifferent," Chava Alberstein asks, "Does Yiddish have a future?" Thanks in part to her bilingual efforts here, the answer would appear to be "Yes." The Israeli vocalist creates a Yiddish-Hebrew hybrid that pays homage to the past while engaging with the present.