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Friday, Feb. 17, 2012


Chicago's Kmang Kmang sometimes sound like the unanticipated convergence of alt rock and ECM jazz—with a world of other influences distilled into the mix. At the group's core is Barmey Ung, a Cambodian American who studied classical...
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

Dark Lady of the Sonnets (TUM)

Wadada Leo Smith came out of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Music in the 1960s and soon established himself alongside Anthony Braxton and Leroy Jenkins at the forefront of free jazz. Detroit percussionist Pheeroan akLaff has...
Album Reviews
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

Can't Sit Down (World Village)

On his latest CD, the reigning king of zydeco works within the fixed points of his Louisiana musical tradition—the influences of blues, country and R&B, and the occasional French vocal—and rocks up the mix for maximum contemporary party appeal...
Album Reviews
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011


Born in Uruguay but living in Brooklyn, singer-guitarist-songwriter Guarco makes music that sounds like a walk down a New York street in summertime—or a street in most cosmopolitan places in the 21st century. On Fiebre, Guarco blends music from...
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Review

Many terrible stories are told of wars where rape is wielded as a weapon. Regina Bakala was raped in the course of the series of civil wars that tore apart her country, the Congo, one of the most troubled lands on earth. After escaping and settling in the U.S., Regina was eventually reunited with her husband, himself a torture survivor. The idyll ended when ICE agents arrested Regina...

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