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By Annie Halo On Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Bamboos: Fever In the Road

The Bamboos Fever In the Road (Nettwerk Records) The Bamboos started in 2000 in Melbourne, Australia as a stripped-down instrumental lineup influenced by James Brown and The Meters. By 2004, they were working with More...

By Annie Halo On Monday, February 24th, 2014

Badi Assad: Between Love and Luck

Badi Assad Between Love and Luck (Quatro Ventos) Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and percussionist Badi Assad comes from a musical family (her father plays mandolin and her brothers are guitarists and More...

By Annie Halo On Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Musiq Soulchild & Syleena Johnson: 9ine

Musiq Soulchild & Syleena Johnson 9ine (Shanachie Entertainment Group) If you need relief from this cruel winter, look no further than this soulful collaboration between R&B crooner Syleena Johnson (none other More...

By Annie Halo On Monday, December 30th, 2013

Thundercat: Apocalypse

Thundercat Apocalypse (Brainfeeder) If this album is a soundtrack to the apocalypse, I might not mind so much after all… What better way to end the world?  You might know bassist Thundercat (also known More...

By Annie Halo On Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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Janelle Monae: The Electric Lady

Janelle Monae The Electric Lady (Bad Boy Records) If this is the first you’ve heard of neo-soul’s most electric lady, Janelle Monae, then sit back and listen closely. Her retro-inspired vocals are More...

By Annie Halo On Monday, September 9th, 2013
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Chick Corea: The Vigil

Chick Corea The Vigil (Concord Music Group) It’s hard to sum up a jazz/fusion musician like Chick Corea, whose career has spanned both decades and styles. While you could easily say that he took the typical More...

By Annie Halo On Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The Fall: Re-Mit

The Fall Re-Mit (Cherry Red Records) When I first listened to this album, I realized something interesting – whenever I review an album from a band that’s been around for a while, I always find myself More...

By Annie Halo On Friday, July 26th, 2013

Alison Moyet: The Minutes

Alison Moyet The Minutes (Metropolis Records) Alison Moyet’s soulful voice might still be known mostly for her work with Vince Clarke in the 80′s synth pop group Yazoo (or Yaz in the States). Despite More...

By Annie Halo On Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The Ocean Blue: Ultramarine

The Ocean Blue Ultramarine (The Ocean Blue) Post-punk indie vets The Ocean Blue are a fascinating study in how bands stay together and how they change and grow along the way…especially given their twelve More...

By Annie Halo On Friday, July 5th, 2013

Kisses: Kids In L.A.

Kisses Kids In L.A. (Cascine) I first came across the L.A. duo Kisses on the CMJ Mixtape series, a free monthly downloadable compilation, which always manages to open my eyes and ears to a few cool new bands. More...