Volcano Choir is known in no small part for its frontman Justin Vernon, an artist who built legions of fans recording as Bon Iver. But Volcano Choir isn't a Bon Iver side project. Watch the band give a transfixing performance, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
The chart-topping rapper pulled no punches during his performance at NPR Music's showcase in New York City on Wednesday night. Watch Pusha T perform a 17-song set that ranged from his work with Kanye West to his critically acclaimed new album, My Name Is My Name.
The band's body of work forms the outlines of a makeshift guide to life, and to being fundamentally decent in the pursuit of something even better. On Magpie and the Dandelion, Seth and Scott Avett examine the push and pull between day-to-day pressures and a need for connection, contentedness and openness to wonder.
New Yorkers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing soulfully in unison, but there's more to their magnetic pop music than that: Their songs are spacious and propulsive, the sounds around the edges quirky and sometimes percussive, and the music and the words built for maximum effect in the choruses.
Big Wheel and Others is the mysterious singer-songwriter's latest collection of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, and almost definitely his best. In the past, McCombs has often prioritized opaque expression over earworms. Not the case here: Most of this 85-minute collection is destined to be hummed.
On Uncanney Valley, its first album since 2001, The Dismemberment Plan sounds loose and liberated — like a band with its legacy secured, happy just to be there. It's a fitting way for the hard-to-define, intermittently funky D.C. rock group to make a comeback.
Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti was a potent, prolific composer, so it makes sense that the not-for-profit Red Hot organization has followed its 2002 multi-artist Fela tribute, Red Hot + Riot, with this second volume.