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Margie Perez, “Love Is All” (Threadhead Records)

This album’s title track (which Perez co-wrote with Paul Sanchez) was high on my personal playlist toward the end of the year, thanks to its generous and hopeful sentiments. It’s […]

Harmonouche, “NolAmour” (Independent)

There’s a lot going on in Harmonouche’s music—for one thing, they’re about the only non-blues band I can think of that’s led by a harmonica player, and they have four […]

The Masakowski Family, “N.O. Escape” (Independent)

Given the amount of talent involved, the Masakowski clan didn’t need to stretch very hard to make a good record. But they did anyway, and came up with something a […]

James Martin, “Something’s Gotta Give” (Independent)

“It ain’t nothing you don’t already know,” singer/saxophonist James Martin declares at the start of this disc. And musically speaking, he’s right: The song lodges in a familiar, yet enjoyable […]

10 Songs We Need to Hear in 2017

Some of the songs on this month’s playlist are good ones we may have overlooked when released last year; others are ones that recent events just seem to call for. […]

Rewind: Paul Sanchez, “Jet Black and Jealous” (PSM/Little Fish Platters)

“Most of it was recorded in 1989. I was in New York, making friends with people in the anti-folk scene. During the mid-’80s a few people got together—Roger Manning, Brenda […]

Kristin Hersh, “Wyatt at the Coyote Palace” (Cash Music)

Kristin Hersh makes albums you have to think about, which can be the commercial kiss of death (and in her case, has been for 30 years and counting). Which doesn’t […]

The Tumbling Wheels, “Play the No Counts” (United Bakery)

On the cover of this CD, which shows the five undressed band members crammed into a backyard pool, the Tumbling Wheels look like a bunch of out-of-time hippies. They sound […]

Mia Borders, “Fever Dreams” (Blaxican Records)

In the past, Mia Borders was one of those obviously gifted artists who hadn’t settled a musical direction yet. For her last album, Quarter-Life Crisis, she enlisted Anders Osborne as […]

The New Year’s Playlist

‘Tis the season for New Year’s playlists, and we can’t help but notice that a lot of the choices we’ve seen elsewhere are either shopworn (you really want to hear […]