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At Afropunk 2016, Honoring Founders, Rejecting Bias

At Afropunk 2016, Honoring Founders, Rejecting Bias

Afropunk originators Bad Brains, George Clinton and Fishbone were among the progressive artists who performed at the annual festival in Brooklyn. My WSJ column.
Roosevelt's Pop and Dance Treat

Roosevelt's Pop and Dance Treat

With his debut full length, Roosevelt, aka 25-year-old Marius Lauber, pays homage to great vintage pop and dance music.  My WSJ column.
Frank Ocean's Kinetic Minimalism, Self-Revelation

Frank Ocean's Kinetic Minimalism, Self-Revelation

My WSJ review of Ocean's new albums in which he unfurls an abundance of ideas in support of self-revealing lyrics and often-powerful vocal performances.
At Festival, Expert Curation, New Bon Iver Music

At Festival, Expert Curation, New Bon Iver Music

The Eaux Claires Festival presented an extraordinary lineup of progressive musicians willing to risk working together. My WSJ column.
Catching Up With Joan As Police Woman's "The Classic."

Catching Up With Joan As Police Woman's "The Classic."

The latest in the ReNew Music series in which we look at great 21st century albums and what makes them special.
Blind Pilot And The Somber Side of Folk

Blind Pilot And The Somber Side of Folk

On their new album, out Friday, the Portland, Oregon, sextet explores songs inspired by profound loss. My WSJ column.
Honoring Lou Reed

Honoring Lou Reed

At a daylong event at Lincoln Center, musicians and other artists paid tribute to the music and lyrics of New York's street poet.
Catching Up With Laura Mvula's "Sing To The Moon"

Catching Up With Laura Mvula's "Sing To The Moon"

The latest in the ReNew Music series in which we look at great 21st century albums and what makes them special.
Radiohead Tested At First U.S. Gig

Radiohead Tested At First U.S. Gig

A flubbed ending of one song and a mediocre reading of another sparked the band to rock its way to solid footing at Madison Square Garden last night.  My WSJ column.
A Perfunctory "Pet Sounds"

A Perfunctory "Pet Sounds"

The greatest album of its era should not be consigned to part of a lifeless oldies show.
At Pitchfork Fest '16, R&B Is Alive and Extra-Well

At Pitchfork Fest '16, R&B Is Alive and Extra-Well

The three-day festival in Chicago featured a cavalcade of emerging R&B talent including BJ the Chicago Kid, Blood Orange, Miguel, Nao, Anderson Paak, Shamir and Moses Sumney. My WSJ column.
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