Music Pencil

Blotch Jumbo

Listen Up

Listen Up

Mick Medew & the Rumours

Among Australian rock 'n' rollers, Mick Medew is a name to conjure with. Starting in 1981, he fronted the Screaming Tribesmen, a band that...

Chris Potter Underground

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...

Telekinesis

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...

Obituary: Hosea Robinson

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...

Matt Wilson Quartet

Coming up for air in the middle of a period of obsessive listening to the 1964 Charles Mingus band with Eric Dolphy, I slipped...

Bigelf

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...

Nels Cline, Alex Cline

Guitarist Nels Cline makes music in a mind-boggling variety of contexts: from relatively mainstream artsy roots-rock with Wilco, to experimental skronk-skree in variously sized...

Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle's second CD, Midnight at the Movies, is not quite country and not quite folk, but it's as deeply rooted in both...

Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse

Surprise: Band name and title notwithstanding, Cries from tha Ghetto isn't a hip-hop album. Rather, it's the second album from a 30-year-old trumpeter who...

Ray Reed

It's a great miscarriage of fortune for the Fort Worth blues scene that Lady Pearl Johnson never released any recordings during her lifetime. Sure,...