John McLaughlin: To The One

I was raised on The Inner Mounting Flame, the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s 1971 debut. I was 20 and thought it was the be-all and end-all. Since then, I’ve stuck with British lead guitarist John McLaughlin’s Indian e...

Lori Michaels: Living My Life Out Loud

Anyone who has seen one of Lori Michaels’ wild Atlantic City stage shows knows this self-proclaimed “Dyke Diva” thrives on funky pelvis-thrusting shock value. For her Living My Life Out Loud debut, she likes to...

Corinne Bailey Rae: The Sea

Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled 2006 debut was a breath of fresh air—light’n’breezy soul happiness that deserved all the awards it won for the 27-year old British singer-songwriter. Never has a second album...

Memphis @ Shubert Theater

NEW YORK, NY—It’s Memphis, Tennessee, in 1951 before the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll. Black kids are rockin’ to soulful rhythm ‘n’ blues (as exemplified onstage by some funkin’ dynamic choreography by Sergio Trujillo...

Kasey Anderson: Nowhere Nights

There’s a new voice to be reckoned with. It’s a lowball Tom Waits/Leonard Cohen swoon with a Steve Earle twang and Dylanesque presence. The scene is set with opener “Bellingham Blues.” Kasey comes on serious, d...

W.A.S.P.: Babylon

The first thing that strikes you in listening to W.A.S.P.’s 14th studio album is how strong Blackie Lawless’ voice is after 27 years. The only remaining original member, Blackie still incites on Babylon with t...

Fela! @ Eugene O’Neill Theater

NEW YORK, NY—The hue of Fela! is deep black. The Eugene O’Neill Theater is festooned with African artifact, made out to be a club, The Shrine, in Lagos, Nigeria. The band, Brooklyn Afrobeat masters Antibalas, i...

John Coltrane: Side Steps

With the release of Side Steps, Prestige Records has completed the adventurous John Coltrane boxed set project that started with Fearless Leader in September 2006 on what would have been the legendary tenor sax...