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Album Reviews
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Guitarist-composer Tom Chang opens Tongue & Groove loud with the appropriately named “Spinal Tap/Goes to 11,” whose whirling jazz is amped up by electric guitar and a heavy touch on the drum sticks while fierce soloing is heard in the sax section. But much of the latest album from the New
Album Reviews
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
 The award-winning pianist Fred Hersch returns with a new album of jazz a la Dave Brubeck. Intricately knotted melodies, angled sideways to the rhythms, are delivered with cool panache throughout Floating. Hersch focuses on his own compositions but includes a pair of standards and concludes the disc with Thelonious
Thursday, June 19, 2014
 An extraterrestrial phenomenon impacts the lives of three otherwise unconnected people in widely spaced parts of the Earth—Los Angeles, London and a Japanese forest. With Celeste, graphic novelist I.N.J. Culbard lets the visual aspects of the medium tell the story through the arrangement of
Eat & Drink
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
 Many Wisconsinites have tossed a freshly caught fish into the frying pan or gone hunting for mushrooms. John Motoviloff explores the forest-to-table concept in his
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New book gives healthy tips

  In their book Gluten-Free Made Easy, Christi Silbaugh and Michele Vilseck make a good point about the benefits of avoiding gluten: Even if you don’t suffer from a gluten allergy, avoiding the stuff means greater awareness of what you eat—and maybe even staying clear of processed foods
Album Reviews
Monday, April 21, 2014
 Barcelona drummer Xavia Reija heads a trio on Resolution that moves easily across the musical spectrum. Some tracks fall dangerously to fusion (but with more sonic edge than most); others thrum with the rhythmic resolve of rock but with the fluidity of jazz; other segments launch into spacy excursions of electrical
Album Reviews
Monday, April 7, 2014
 Remote in geography and from the concerns of the outside world, the Maldives is an Islamic republic spread out over 200 islands in the Indian Ocean. The inhabitants developed their own rhythms and poetry over the centuries, yet Western rock found its way to the insular nation in the ’60s
Album Reviews
Friday, April 4, 2014
 Like many Puerto Ricans, Ani Cordero shuttled between the mainland U.S. and the Caribbean while growing up. On the prolific singer-instrumentalist’s latest project, Cordero curates a collection of socially conscious songs from 20th-century Latin America. Many writers and nations