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Tyshawn Sorey

Ken Shimamoto
    Tyshawn Sorey’s a drummer best known for his work with pianist Vijay Iyer. He’s a trap-kicker of force and intelligence who effortlessly dominates the cooperative trio Fieldwork’s last album, Door. But t...


NOFX

Steve Steward
What were you doing 25 years ago? Most people who listen to NOFX today were probably A.) sitting in the corner in preschool, B.) giving their moms stretchmarks, or C.) showing up as a + on their dad’s girlfriend’s p...



Dennis Gonzalez

Ken Shimamoto
This latest outing from the prolific Dallas-based trumpeter – his second for L.A.’s Furthermore Recordings – features an all-star cast of musicians. Besides his longtime collaborator, drummer Michael T.A. Thom...


Seabrook Power Plant

Ken Shimamoto
The words “banjo” and “avant-garde” aren’t exactly strangers. You need think only of Eugene Chadbourne and Mark Growden’s uses of the rustic instrument in distinctively mind-bending contexts....



Mick Medew & the Rumours

Ken Shimamoto
Among Australian rock ‘n’ rollers, Mick Medew is a name to conjure with. Starting in 1981, he fronted the Screaming Tribesmen, a band that hit big Down Under and even got a shot at U.S. MTV with 1987′s Bones a...


Chris Potter Underground

Ken Shimamoto
South Carolina-born tenor saxophonist Chris Potter emerged in the early ’90s, apprenticed under Charlie Parker’s trumpeter Red Rodney, gained visibility as a sideman with the reunited Steely Dan (he appeared on thei...



Telekinesis

Justin Press
Telekinesis’ eponymous (plus exclamation point) debut album is a gem full of simple, straight-ahead tuneage and dumb-happy lyrics, channeling Rivers Cuomo’s torn-windbreaker angst while remaining true to the band...


Obituary: Hosea Robinson

Ken Shimamoto
My friend Hosea Robinson died on July 3 from congestive heart failure. He was 57. I hadn’t seen him in a few years, but back in 1998, we played together for eight or nine months in a blues band – his first – b...



Matt Wilson Quartet

Ken Shimamoto
Coming up for air in the middle of a period of obsessive listening to the 1964 Charles Mingus band with Eric Dolphy, I slipped this disc into the player and was surprised and delighted to discover a jazz release as fiery and fe...


Bigelf

Justin Press
Bigelf’s metallic circus-influenced music is a quilt of T.Rex, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd. It’s essentially a six-pack of kick ass. But the foursome, with their stovepipe hats and turn-o...