More Strange Bruises

More Strange Bruises

Cleveland's Ether Net is four guys who met at the switching yard of innumerable musical styles, pulled out the nitro, and blew that junction place to smithereens.
Things in the Game Done Changed

Things in the Game Done Changed

On Dave Hollister's third album—and first for Motown—the soulful street laureate of love and relationships has lost none of the urgent, yet sensual vocal prowess that has helped him cement a niche in contemporary R&B.
Zappa Picks—By Jon Fishman of Phish

Zappa Picks—By Jon Fishman of Phish

In putting together his Zappa faves, Phish's skins flogger Jon Fishman sticks almost exclusively to '70s Frank with the exception of the Grand Wazoo's 1966 debut album, Freak Out.
Melody A.M.

Melody A.M.

Many stateside trainspotters have been enjoying this sublime disc via import since its international release last year.
The Only Blip Hop Record You Will Ever Need Vol. 1

The Only Blip Hop Record You Will Ever Need Vol. 1

The title of this disc provokes an important question: If this is indeed the only blip hop record you will ever need, why bother with a multiple-volume series (as the set's title does imply future volumes)? With this question out of the way, David Byrne's Luaka Bop imprint does its best to give this musical genre some credence.
Golden Road

Golden Road

Multi-talented Aussie and former Ranch-hand Keith Urban has what it takes to be a country star, and on his latest Capitol release he's reaching for them.
Brazilian Dreams

Brazilian Dreams

Saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera's homage to Brazilian music (mostly that of Tom Jobim), helped along by vocal group New York Voices and Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, is tasteful and subdued.
Tu No Sospechas

Tu No Sospechas

In his first album with Sony Discos—after recording for Fonovisa—Spaniard Jordi comes across as a seasoned popster, delivering romantic ballads and upbeat dance numbers with equal ease.
Live in Bahia

Live in Bahia

This live double-disc release hits the racks just as Caetano Veloso's Alfred A. Knopf memoir Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil is hitting bookshelves. It's a timely confluence of words and music, all inspired by the tropicalismo movement initiated by Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Gal Costa in the late '60s. Live in Bahia, recorded in São Paulo and Salvador de Bahia, is an enchanting journey through Veloso's storied discography. Backed by a band of virtual superstars, including Jaques Morelenbaum, Davi Moraes, Pedro Sá, and Cesinha, Veloso takes us through 32 songs. The music is a thrill: tropicalismo, samba, bossa nova, as well as the dazzling samba-rap number "Lingua." This is an all-together extraordinary live performance. The musicianship is top-notch, the recording is excellent, and Veloso is a creative force to be reckoned with, both as a vocalist and tunesmith. Prepare yourself to be whisked away.—PVV
Specialist in all Styles

Specialist in all Styles

This release is a very special occasion. Orchestra Baobab was an absolute sensation in Dakar, Senegal, in the 1970s.

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