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Music Review: Ilanga (The Sun)

Afrika Mamas was founded in South Africa in 1998 by Ntombi Lushaba. The riveting a cappella group is made up of Lushaba and five other single mothers, with 11 children between them.

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Music Review: Revolutionary Love

Revolutionary LoveAni DiFranco RIGHTEOUS BABE RECORDS THE BULK OF INDIE FOLK singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco’s 21st studio album was recorded in only two days, with several perform…
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Music Review: Winter Is for Lovers

Winter Is for LoversBen HarperANTI-RECORDS With his latest project, folk/blues musician Ben Harper has taken the idea of a solo album to its logical extreme. Gone are Harper’s…
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Music Review: Earth

If there was ever any doubt that Radiohead wouldn’t be Radiohead without guitarist Ed O’Brien, he annihilates it within the first 20 seconds of “Shangri-La,” the kickoff track…
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Music Review: 2020

After devoting the bulk of the lyrics on her 2018 album Secularia to spirituality and mortality, Austin, Texas, folk singer Eliza Gilkyson has resumed her role as town crier. …
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Music Review: Note to Self

Owing largely to the traces of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone in her voice, Jamaican singer and yogi Jah9’s style has been called jazz on dub, but the music on he…
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Music Review: Sacrament

Sacrament is an album of ritual music with a Native American flavor by multi-instrumentalist Byron Metcalf and vocalist Jennifer Grais. The flowing, rhythmic journey includes …
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Music Review: Ghosteen

“With its frequently meandering melodies and wordy lyrics, Ghosteen is less an assembly of songs in the traditional sense than it is an unusually tuneful poetry reading.”

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Music Review: Thanks for the Dance

Thanks for the Dance is a quintessential mix of Leonard Cohen’s melancholy humor, sentimental insights, and lost-love laments, with a hint of social-political critique.

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Music Review: Bon Iver

Bon Iver completes its quarter of albums corresponding to the four seasons with a "contemplative mood befitting a group of songs that collectively represent autumn."

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