Antibalas: Who Is This America?

The grooves on this 2004 reissue are so funkalicious, bubbling with creative juice, fat with horn, thick with percussion, that you almost don’t notice the burn of the protest, the cynicism of the outlook and th...

Dr. John: Tribal

The first thing that hits you about Dr. John’s Tribal is his voice. It’s deeper, more soulful, filled with cool expressive asides, Southern phrasing and mixed just perfectly atop the gumbo. At 70, the good doc ...

Brian Wilson: Reimagines Gershwin

Timelessness is the essence of great art. For the compositions of George Gershwin (1898-1937), many co-written with his brother Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), to still be so vital is testament to not only their melo...

Vanilla Fudge: Box Of Fudge

I’m standing on the lawn outside Upsala College in East Orange, NJ, waiting for the band after witnessing my very first rock concert. It’s 1967. I’m 16. Vanilla Fudge just blew my mind and I have to meet bassis...

Dion @ State Theater

EASTON, PA—The conundrum of seeing Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Famer Dion is that authentic first-generation rock’n’roll like this demands a certain response that may be considered anti-social by most of the very audie...

Regina Carter: Reverse Thread

Violinist Regina Carter has crafted an intricate, poly-rhythmic journey steeped in African folk, with strains of worldbeat, gospel, classical, soundtrack (for a movie that doesn’t exist) and even klezmer, but m...