Reviews

Hard truth: Jill Scott’s “Woman” isn’t everything

Despite being blessed with a sprinkling of dope tracks, the latest album from the Philadelphia golden girl isn’t all it could be.

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30-Second Reviews: Angel Olsen, Swans, Hamilton Leithauser and Chet Faker

WXPN treated listeners to a great—if unusual—Free at Noon pairing, Swans deliver a sonic assault, and Olsen’s voice soars at a.k.a.

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30-Second Review: Pissed Jeans at Union Transfer

Bogged down by full-time jobs and adulthood, they seem eager to explode on stage each time they step onto one.

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Editor’s Pick: Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live

The Houston-born, Brooklyn-based pianist Robert Glasper and his Experiment comes to the World Cafe Live hot on the heels of his new CD, Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP, a six-track project featuring reworked and unreleased tracks from his masterpiece, Black Radio.

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Editor’s Pick: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb at Johnny Brenda’s

Although the group has a wide swath of influences, their whiskey-tinged sound is deeply rooted in the same folky Americana highlighted in musicologist Alan Lomax’s classic archival field recordings from generations ago.

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Q&A With Sharon Van Etten

It’s out this week, and Van Etten’s tour kicks off this Friday with a sold-out show at Johnny Brenda’s. On it, she got support from esteemed colleagues including production from the National’s Aaron Dessner, and guest spots from Julianna Barwick, Zach Condon (of Beirut) and Jenn Wassner (of Wye Oak).

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Critic’s Pick: Motörhead

“We are Motörhead, and we play rock ’n’ roll,” says Lemmy Kilmister, who has helmed the world’s loudest band for more than 35 years. Even now, in his 60s, he can still carry off the sleeveless T and leather vest look beloved by metalheads everywhere.

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Critic’s Pick: Plow United

In its first incarnation, Wilmington, Del.-born pop punk band Plow United (now based in West Chester) only existed for a few short years before disbanding in 1997.

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Critic’s Pick: Strummerville Benefit

What better way seize the seasonal spirit than by celebrating punk’s patron saint—Joe Strummer—and contributing to his namesake charity, which, naturally, helps young, broke musicians make their mark.

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Critic’s Pick: Amen Dunes

When Damon McMahon (i.e. Amen Dunes) retreated to the Catskill Mountains with guitars and a recording device, he returned with a scrappy, gnarled psychedelic-folk/rock record called Dia.

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