October 2020

 

Album Review

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Reverend John Wilkins Trouble Album Review homepage

Rev. John Wilkins’ Trouble Is Spare and Strong-Boned Perfection

September 7, 2020
Memphis and the Mississippi Hills meet in gospel-blues heaven.
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Album Spotlight: Thundercat’s Cosmic Tilt-A-Whirl

August 10, 2020
On It Is What It Is, the bassist examines the loss of his best friend, Mac Miller, through a deep-dive, jazz-fusion opus.
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Album Spotlight: Yuval Ron’s Somewhere in This Universe, Somebody Hits a Drum

May 3, 2020
This astral prog playground is a wild ride through space and time … signatures. Marco Minnemann provides the backbeats.
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Album Spotlight: Matt Wilson & His Orchestra’s When I Was a Writer

March 29, 2020
The former Trip Shakespeare frontman sings about not being able to return, but he’s done just that with 12 new tunes.
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Gary Lucas homepage

36 Must-Hear Gary Lucas Tracks

March 2, 2020
The envelope-pushing former Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley collaborator chooses his finest performances on this kaleidoscopic 40-year retrospective.
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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's Latest LP Pummels and Soars

February 4, 2020
Art-rockers Conrad Keely and Jason Reece make whopping orchestral waves on their 10th studio album, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories.
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Bill Frisell’s Melancholic and Divine Harmony

January 8, 2020
A gentle giant of guitar enlists Petra Haden and others to raise the standard for standards.
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PG Editors’ Best Albums of the Year 2019

December 31, 2019
We round the year’s corner with our annual staff picks, notable mentions, and our most-anticipated releases of 2020.
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Album Spotlight: Big Thief’s Two Hands

December 2, 2019
The band went to the desert and made an expansive, “on the brink” recording.
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Jack Barksdale - homepage

Album Spotlight: Jack Barksdale’s Live from Niles City

November 14, 2019
A 12-year-old guitar talent writes and plays songs from the heart.
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Lloyd Thayer - homepage

Album Spotlight: Lloyd Thayer’s ‘North Star’

October 11, 2019
A graceful, crowning solo statement from a master of acoustic slide.
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Album Spotlight: Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, ‘World Full of Blues’

September 11, 2019
Ripping reso and ferocious flattop for those who like it raw and real.
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Album Spotlight: The Allman Brothers Band: ‘Fillmore West ’71’

August 20, 2019
A pre-Fillmore East set that captures the original band’s improvisational live high-wire act.
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Album Spotlight: BONES UK

July 2, 2019
The London duo who wrote Loud Hailer with Jeff Beck releases a visceral debut LP with a singularity that shows how guitar can alchemize with EDM.
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Album Spotlight: Black Midi’s 'Schlagenheim'

May 31, 2019
The debut album from London-based band layers piercing guitar intensity atop rhythmic finesse to achieve beautifully chaotic power.
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Five Times Surprise

Album Spotlight: Five Times Surprise

May 6, 2019
Avant guitarists Henry Kaiser and Anthony Pirog have formed a stunning ensemble that delivers a tonal siesta with a bonus 40-minute improv surprise ending.
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Album Spotlight: Joe Robinson’s 'Undertones'

April 16, 2019
Shelve the John Mayer comparisons. This Australian virtuoso establishes his voice and makes the best album of his career.
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Album Spotlight: The Writhing Squares’ 'Out of the Ether'

March 4, 2019
A sugar-rush basement brew of choogle, slo-mo kraut, and garage cosmic jazz.
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Album Spotlight: David Torn’s 'Sun of Goldfinger'

February 10, 2019
Uneasy listening from a master of mood, sound, and texture.
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PG Editors’ Best Albums of 2018

December 29, 2018
Serving up our editors’ eclectic selections from the year’s musical smorgasbord, and looking toward their most anticipated releases for 2019.
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