With Sonic Youth on hiatus, Thurston Moore's new band sets out to pulverize and polarize on an album of sharp left turns. Loose but jagged, playful but menacing, the music of Chelsea Light Moving still finds room for glimmers of beauty.
It's about time Ivan & Alyosha received due praise as a standard-bearer for hyper-accessible, harmony-rich roots music: The band writes gorgeous, swelling, impeccably built songs about love and faith, and performs them with real charm.
Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Shane MacGowan, Courtney Love, Dr. John, Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp and more form a bleak-music Murderer's Row on this 140-minute collection of pirate-themed music.
Ferry re-imagines his songs, both solo and with Roxy Music, as the product of a 1920s jazz band. The result is a complete joy, capturing the eccentricity of Ferry's music while still conjuring up the romance of a vintage sound.
The Malian kora player again works with French cellist Vincent Segal in sweet and soulful ways. After all the time they've spent together in and out of the studio, the two bring a loose-limbed and relaxed spirit to At Peace.
Quirky but cutting, playful but forceful, controlled but ragged, Thao Nguyen infuses everything around her with electricity and mischievous boldness. Her third album is full of tense, clattering folk-rock.
On his first full-length solo album, My Morning Jacket's singer makes the sound of a lost soul in search of something bigger than himself. James has always liked to let his voice echo into the void, but here, his attention seems to face inward instead of heavenward.
The saxophonist turns 80 this year, and he's celebrating with the release of a live album. It features six new tunes from one of jazz's greatest living composers, as well as a long-running band whose uniquely intense language somehow makes a living legend more legendary.