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When Swiss composer Frank Martin set out in 1940 to write an oratorio based on the legend of Tristan and Isolde, Europe was being ravaged by Nazi Germany, which had co-opted the music of composer Richard Wagner. Martin’s hauntingly emotive composition—influenced by both Schoenberg’s 12-tone method and Debussy’s impressionism, and compactly scored for strings, piano, and a dozen voices—stands in gorgeous opposition to the grand Wagnerian version of this Celtic story of love and death. »
When Swiss composer Frank Martin set out in 1940 to write an oratorio based on the legend of Tristan and Isolde, Europe was being ravaged by Nazi Germany, which had co-opted the music of composer Richard Wagner. Martin’s hauntingly emotive composition—influenced by both Schoenberg’s 12-tone method and Debussy’s impressionism, and compactly scored for strings, piano, and a dozen voices—stands in gorgeous opposition to the grand Wagnerian version of this Celtic story of love and death. »
Goblin Cock, Bad Grades Empty Bottle October 02
Rob Crow, the San Diego outre-pop mastermind behind 90s posthardcore weirdos Heavy Vegetable, aughties indie-pop deities Pinback, and roughly a half-dozen more projects, gets to have his cake and eat it too as leader of Goblin Cock. Crow boils down what can make metal goofy, which is clear not only from the name Goblin Cock but also from his moniker as front man: Lord Phallus. »
Since forming the pop-punk-flavored P.S. Eliot in 2007, the Philly-via-Alabama Crutchfield twins have carved out their own little scene of endearing, beautifully written indie rock. When Katie went solo with her Waxahatchee project in 2010, focusing on minimal, heart-wrenching confessionals, Allison launched the poppy emo-throwback band Swearin’ before eventually going solo in 2014. »
Luisa Maita, Bossa Tres Martyrs' October 04
Brazilian singer Luisa Maita opens her strong second album, Fio da Memória (Cumbancha), with little more than skittering, bass-heavy electronic beats and ricocheting bloops, her whispery voice and overdubbed vocal harmonies refracted by a sensual groove. But on closer inspection the patterns programmed by producer Tejo Damasceno reflect the riotous drumming of a samba school marching through a Carnaval parade. »
Kris Davis & Craig Taborn Constellation October 05
Over the last decade or so pianist Kris Davis has quietly but steadily established herself as one of jazz’s most versatile and mercurial musicians. A series of solo and trio albums have firmly established her predilection for lyric ambiguity—she composes pieces with beguiling harmonies and dark melodic shapes that are elegant and tender yet deeply pensive. »
Pirulo y La Tribu Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music October 06
Percussionist, singer, and composer Francisco “Pirulo” Rosado had plenty of playing experience by the time he got around to forming his popular band Pirulo y La Tribu earlier this decade. The Puerto Rican musician has worked behind Latin music heavies such as Giovanni Hidalgo and Pupy Santiago, and after graduating from the Berklee School of Music in 1998 he spent time on the road with Bob Dylan and Maceo Parker. »
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom Green Mill September 30
Terrific New York drummer Allison Miller has experienced a burst of creativity of late. Two disparate collective trios she’s involved with—Honey Ear Trio and Lean—have recently dropped strong new albums, and she’s got more on the horizon as the rhythmic motor behind guitarist Brandon Seabrook’s fierce threesome Needle Driver. »
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom Green Mill September 30
Terrific New York drummer Allison Miller has experienced a burst of creativity of late. Two disparate collective trios she’s involved with—Honey Ear Trio and Lean—have recently dropped strong new albums, and she’s got more on the horizon as the rhythmic motor behind guitarist Brandon Seabrook’s fierce threesome Needle Driver. »
King Charles Schubas October 02
Yohuna, Color Card, Nest, Meristems Subterranean October 03
Four-year-old Tokyo-based Kikagaku Moyo are chipping in to their city’s great psychedelic tradition, reinventing the trippy windswept glories that Western rock left behind in stunning, heady new ways. Or at least that’s one narrative. »
Shovels & Rope Thalia Hall October 06
Porches, Japanese Breakfast, Rivergazer Subterranean September 30
Singer-songwriter Michelle Zauner, who also fronts Philly emo group Little Big League, released her proper debut as Japanese Breakfast earlier this year with Psychopomp (Yellow K). Six years in the making, the album had its turning point two years back, when Zauner lost her mother to cancer and took even greater solace in her solo work. »
On its new EP Fonografic (Electric Cowbell) Chicago’s Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta broadens its cumbia and chicha sound, handing off the car keys to new guitarist Nathan Karagianis and encouraging him to drive the sturdy outfit along a scenic coastal road with the top down. Produced by Beto Martinez of Austin’s Grupo Fantasma, the record features a much stronger presence from Karagianis, who shows his predilection for vintage Carlos Santana and pushes the surf-tinged flavor of chicha straight into Ventures territory (until it gets funky, “Camino Infernal Phantom Weight” is reminiscent of Dick Dale). »
Lost Empires, Bloodletter, Sable Beldam Quenchers Saloon October 02
Preoccupations, Methyl Ethel Thalia Hall October 05
By now probably ready to get past the “formerly Viet Cong” footnote—though they’ve only been rid of the controversial name for, say, five months—Calgary postpunk foursome Preoccupations also titled their new record Preoccupations, maybe to drive home the point that they have in fact changed identity. And though the setting of this sophomore effort is still plenty bleak, what with the minimalistic rhythms and bleeding guitar delay wrapping around the chilly (sometimes lifeless) baritone vocals of Matt Flegel, the attack is studied and focused and melodic—their 2015 debut is fascinating for its disjointment and serrated postpunk edge. »
The Dig, Inbetween Days, Dead Woods Beat Kitchen October 06

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