Hindi Zahra - photo by Jeff Dorgay

Album review: Hindi Zahra – Handmade, Deluxe Edition (Naive)

If you’re looking for a new, exotic female vocalist, add Hindi Zahra to your next playlist. The Moroccan born singer possesses a purity of tone and phrasing. This deluxe edition… Read more

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Album review: Dave Stewart – The Blackbird Diaries (Razor and Tie)

Despite all the time Dave Stewart has spent hanging out with Mick Jagger, and a recent stint in Nashville, the opening riffs of “So Long Ago” (the first track on… Read more

St Vincent. Photo by Tina Tyrell

Album review: St. Vincent – Strange Mercy (4AD)

A glimpse into the mind of Annie Clark can be had with relative ease. Scan the titles of her latest effort, Strange Mercy, her thirdalbum, and the word “Cheerleader” is one that stands… Read more

Johnny Nicholas

Album review: Johnny Nicholas – The Future Blues (People’s Label)

Johnny Nicholas isn’t a complete unknown, but these days he is something of a shadow figure. The lanky singer and skilled journeyman hung with Rhode Island’s Duke Robillard during the… Read more

Bon Iver, Fall Creek Wisconsin, August, 2010. ..Photo by D.L. Anderson

Album review: Bon Iver – Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)

On Bon Iver’s much-romanticized 2008 debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, singer-songwriter (and then the band’s sole member) Justin Vernon sounded trapped in his own personal Ice Age. Fresh off two… Read more

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Album review: Pink Floyd – Immersion and Discovery boxsets (EMI)

The latest Immersion and Discovery box sets reveal just how much more Floyd there is to go around.  Having spent the last week listening to more Pink Floyd than usual… Read more

Tea for the Tillerman

Album review: Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (QRP LP reissue)

Many record collectors and audiophiles have fond memories of the classic Cat Stevens album, Tea For the Tillerman. Originally released in the fall of 1970, it included many of the… Read more

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Album review: Mekons – Ancient & Modern (Sin/Bloodshot)

Pity the Mekons. On the verge of Year No. 35, the Chicago-via-Leeds, England, band has amassed one of the more adventurous catalogs in rock n’ roll. Yet despite the relatively… Read more

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Album review: John Scofield – A Moment’s Peace (Universal)

As soon as you hear that one of your favourite fiery improvisers has made a disc that spotlights the mellow side of things, the fretting begins. Will it be too… Read more