Sting and Shaggy collaborate on sunny reggae album

The fact that Shaggy and Sting are teaming up on a CD does, admittedly, sound like a gimmick. Why are these two very different artists together? Because they happen

Rock’s not dead, neither is Spinal Tap’s bassist

This album answers a question no one was asking: Is Derek Smalls still alive? Smalls was once a bit player in the two-bit heavy metal band

Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite stage blues reunion

With a Grammy for best blues album in their pocket for 2014’s “Get Up!” Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite put themselves in contention again with “No Mercy

Kim Richey keeps great music coming below the radar Kim Richey, “Edgeland” (Yep Roc Records)

Kim Richey has been winning over critics for years, but music buyers have been slower to catch on. On her eighth album, “Edgeland,” she once again

Snoop Dogg takes us to church on gospel double CD

Snoop Dogg, one of rap’s OGs, has a gospel double album out. Yes, that’s right: The D-O-Double-G is doing G-O-D. A humble, peace-loving, family-centered Snoop emerges

Joan Baez’s expressive talent intact on new album

Nearly 10 years on from her last studio album, Joan Baez delivers another pearl, 10 deeply felt interpretations about the human condition and the state of the world. Baez's

Randy Bachman reimagines George Harrison tunes, goes too far

Randy Bachman, founder of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, let’s his imagination run away with 11 George Harrison songs on “By George — By Bachman,” which

Troubadour Vance Joy delivers on ‘Nation of Two’

If ukuleles make their way back onto the pop charts, you can probably thank Vance Joy. The Australian singer-songwriter delivers an exciting sophomore effort with “Nation of Two,” a

Angelic harmonies shine on I’m With Her’s new album

Feels like fate must have brought together three already successful alt-folk musicians whose angel voices blend as seamlessly as their strings. The lovely sounds of I’m With

Listen to David Duchovny, wish for alien abduction

In an upcoming episode of “The X-Files,” Fox Mulder gets mixed up with some paranormal forces and somehow believes he’s a rock ‘n’ roll god. No, wait.

Tom Jones among artists singing Elmore James’ blues

Elmore James has been dead 54 years, and the blues aren’t doing too well either. This lively tribute album gives both a boost. The fanbase for

‘Laila Biali’ masterfully mixes jazz and pop

Smooth jazz might be an even worse idea than soft rock or light beer, which makes Laila Biali’s self-titled album a miracle of sorts. The Toronto

Once full of promise, Moon Taxi now riding on fumes

The Nashville-based quintet Moon Taxi has been steadily gaining a wider following over the past decade and we’re happy for them. But the cost, it now becomes

New N.E.R.D. album both frustrating and intriguing

There’s a new N.E.R.D. album out so it’s best to plan ahead: Carve out some time and be prepared to put in some work. N.E.R.D. albums are

Speed The Plough bring the family on ‘…And Then’

Part of New Jersey’s rich indie scene, Speed The Plough has a family tree deserving its own entry in any rock genealogy, with crisscrossing branches including The

Neil Young lashes out at Trump, world on ‘Visitor’

Neil Young is unhappy. That’s good news for music fans. Young is back and crotchety in “The Visitor,” a record that finds him lashing out

Eminem sounds alive on ‘Revival’

The A-List collaborators on Eminem’s new album scream “I want a radio hit,” with Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Pink and Alicia Keys co-starring on the songs. It wouldn’t be hard

It doesn’t take much to keep Van Morrison singing

Van Morrison has proven that he’d rather be singing than anything else. Stage chatter? Not so much. Interviews? Not his thing. But he loves making

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