A cosmopolitan entertainer and authentic folklorist, the singing Cuban percussionist has lined up a program where timba, four-part harmony and The Jackson 5 butt heads. The result is a dance party as accomplished as it is hard to resist.
Darkside is led by Nicolas Jaar, a precocious young electronic-music producer who's invested in the virtues of patience, deliberation and investment itself. On Psychic, his persistence pays off in dance-floor-friendly peaks and lots of expectant, exploratory wandering.
On their debut album, three sisters channel influences most listeners will recognize within a fresh, personal sound. In front of the microphone, Danielle, Alana and Este Haim retell pop's central stories in a language that's true to young women like themselves.
More than 30 years into a try-it-all career that began in punk and has since worked its way through countless iterations of dance music — Innocents feels like the work of an artist who's been liberated to pursue beauty and emotion in as many forms as he can muster.
Elf Power has long been known for its idiosyncratic psych-pop and rock songs about mythical worlds. But for its latest album, the band takes a surprisingly dark turn into personal, introspective territory. It's Elf Power's best new album in a decade.
The famously smart and fearless pianist (and newly minted MacArthur Genius Grant recipient) explores Bach's masterful harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code." There's grace and humor to spare in Bach's work, but also a fair amount of wild-eyed, mad-scientist machinations, and none of these elements escape Denk's attention.
This week, the Americana music industry gathered at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to honor the best and brightest in its corner of the music world. Listen to a recording of the entire show, including performances by Shovels & Rope, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.
The Glaswegians' debut showcases a band that bridges styles and eras on the strength of its own charisma. Though it can be ominous, even aggressive, Chvrches' electro-pop songs maintain a disarming fizziness.
Mazzy Star's first album in 17 years arrives as the band's sound is being echoed by artists like Beach House. Seasons of Your Day serves as a welcome second act — a lovely, intoxicating record which showcases the duo's evolution, too.