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All 333 Phish Songs, Ranked

By nearly any criteria except, perhaps, record sales and radio play, Phish is the Grand Canyon of American bands—so big and bold and forever that…
Richard Gehr / August 8, 2014

On ‘Freeman,’ the Former Gene Ween Recovers More than Just His Name

Recently in The Atlantic, Joshua Wolf Shenk countered the lone-genius myth with the example of cool Paul McCartney and wild John Lennon: competitive collaborators who…
Richard Gehr / July 22, 2014

Tricks Are For Kids: ‘Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra’ Is Mind-Blowing

Beginning in the mid-'50s, kids music evolved from naive story-songs created for children exclusively to often epically weird Gesamtkunstwerken actually aimed at adults. Among the…
Richard Gehr / May 20, 2014

Stream Grandma Sparrow’s Fantastical Folk-Rock on ‘Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra’

It appears that Grandma Sparrow's Joe Westerlund has been hiding his passion for avant-garde kids' music behind the drum kit of North Carolina avant folk-rock…
Richard Gehr / May 14, 2014

Neneh Cherry Talks Her Weird Punk-Pop-Jazz Trajectory, and the New ‘Blank Project’

A jazz experimentalist in her teens and a pop star in her twenties, Neneh Cherry has enjoyed a career unlike any other singer of her…
Richard Gehr / February 24, 2014

Festival Supreme 2013: Patton Oswalt, Lonely Island, Adam Sandler, and the 13 Funniest Things

The first Festival Supreme, the music and comedy festival curated by Tencacious D, took over the Santa Monica pier on Saturday. Breaking in the big…
Richard Gehr / October 21, 2013

Colin Stetson, ‘New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light’ (Constellation)

Patented in 1846, the bass saxophone was the first of Adolphe Sax's most famous inventions, and the one closest in appearance to a steampunk fetish…
Richard Gehr / April 29, 2013

Youth Lagoon, ‘Wondrous Bughouse’ (Fat Possum)

What the hell is up with Trevor Powers? On 2011's The Year of Hibernation, the callow 22-year-old behind Youth Lagoon was singing in a muffled…
Richard Gehr / March 6, 2013

Jim James, ‘Regions of Light and Sound of God’ (ATO)

Enter the mystic. Your guide will be My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, who dials down his main gig's arena-rocking sound for the more modest,…
Richard Gehr / February 6, 2013

Pere Ubu, ‘Lady From Shanghai’ (Fire)

"Black music is dead," David Thomas informed a journalist in 2009. "It's a rotten, stinking corpse." The remarks by the frontman and sole original member…
Richard Gehr / January 7, 2013

Dave Brubeck, Jazz’s Crossover Cool Cat, Dead at 91

West Coast jazz legend Dave Brubeck died this morning near his home in Connecticut. The pianist-bandleader, 91, who had the audacity to enjoy a Top…
Richard Gehr / December 5, 2012

LV, ‘Sebenza’ (Hyperdub)

Together since 2000, South London production trio LV only released their full-length debut last year, when Routes sutured Nigeria-born funk poet Joshua Idehen's voice into…
Richard Gehr / September 14, 2012

Andra Kouyate and Seke Chi, ‘Saro’ (Studio Mali)

Mali ngoni whiz goes deep and diverse on impeccably recorded, exquisitely harmonized neo-trad solo LP.
Richard Gehr / July 31, 2012

Hafez Modirzadeh, ‘Post-Chromodal Out!’ (Pi)

Iranian-American saxophonist retunes Vijay Iyer's piano for cross-cultural jazz experiment.
Richard Gehr / July 26, 2012

Guardian Alien, ‘See the World Given to a One Love Entity’ (Thrill Jockey)

Amiable sea lions drop by ex-Liturgy drummer's 37-minute solar storm jam.
Richard Gehr / July 24, 2012

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