Snarky Puppy’s ‘Immigrance’ emulates live experience

With musicians from all over the United States, as well as Argentina, Canada and Japan, to name a few, and instruments from as far away as Egypt

Johnny Cash’s cabin is setting for fine Todd Snider album

The microphone pops when Todd Snider delivers an especially emphatic lyric, and his chair creaks under the weight of his performance. The rustic charm of the setting

Nick Waterhouse makes old soul sounds for new themes

There’s an exit/and there’s a way out/the two just ain’t the same is a typical lyric from Nick Waterhouse’s self-titled fourth album, a collection that stays true

Fiancee helps Hayes Carll deliver his prettiest work

Dysfunctional relationships abound on Hayes Carll’s new album, from the one- on-one wounds described in the opener “None’ya” to the cultural divide of “Fragile Men.” Even so, there’s

Chaka Khan’s ‘Hello Happiness’ is mini bundle of joy

With just seven songs in 28 minutes, Chaka Khan’s “Hello Happiness” is a little bundle of joy, emphasis on the little. But you shouldn’t feel shortchanged.

Beck, Patti Smith, Unkle inspired by ‘Roma’

Beck, Patti Smith, Unkle, DJ Shadow and Billie Eilish are part of a large and diverse group performing songs inspired by Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” resulting in an

Frances Cone delivers dreampop with a purpose

Frances Cone’s new album “Late Riser” is a brilliant work of modern melancholia that finds the sweet spot between soothing and soaring. Call it dreampop with a

Gunn adds intimacy to guitar-led folk-rock album

Steve Gunn has teamed up with stellar musicians over the years, from Kurt Vile to Michael Chapman, and his own albums — little gems like “Time Off,”

Eddie Palmieri’s latest will move you to dance

It might be the winter season for the U.S., but Eddie Palmieri brings the sunshine and warmth with his latest album, “Mi Luz Mayor.” The Spanish Harlem,

Mellencamp puts fearless touch on American classics

In his youth John Mellencamp was known to be cocky. That brashness carried him to the big stage, where he became a stadium- scale rocker with an

LP, diminutive singer with big voice, lays it out

There’s a reference to shape-shifting tucked into the lyrics of “When I’m Over You,” the second song on LP’s new album, “Heart to Mouth,” and it didn’t

Van Morrison’s latest finds him in relaxed, swinging groove

The first thing longtime listeners to Van Morrison will notice is the lack of angst — his 40th studio album is missing the usual complaints about the

The 1975’s new album is proof they can do it all

The English band the 1975, practitioners of some of the smoothest electropop in recent memory, have delivered another gem with “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” the

Michael Bublé makes return to standards on ‘love’

Wen people claim they are stepping away from it all to spend more time with their family, it’s usually a front. When Michael Buble said he’d do the same,

Ed Harcourt shuns lyrics, emanates calm on new album

One of the recurring themes in Ed Harcourt’s career has been his stylistic breadth, his affinity for stretching wide the musical variety on his albums within the singer-songwriter

Laura Jane Grace goes on a thrilling sonic side road

The words just tumble out of Laura Jane Grace on her new album, a torrent of thoughts, observations and memories from one of rock’s most charismatic figures. The Against

Faithfull digs deep on ‘Negative Capability’

Marianne Faithfull is a great musical survivor. She went from pure-voiced chanteuse of “As Tears Go By” to emblem of 1960s drug excess before re-emerging in 1979

Cash’s ‘She Remembers Everything’ finds her ambition intact

Rosanne Cash brings in a fair share of collaborators on her latest album, both for songwriting and singing. T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Phillips,

Channeling Zep, Greta Van Fleet keeps ‘70s-style rock alive

There’s a whole lotta Led Zeppelin in Greta Van Fleet, but they haven’t yet found their Stairway. On its debut album, “Anthem of the Peaceful Army,”

Frehley ready for 3rd trip through space with Kiss

Ace Frehley may or may not be returned to the fold when Kiss launches their (second) farewell tour next year, but whatever the result, he sure sounds

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