The quirky songwriter delivered my favorite set during a busy weekend in Knoxville.
MCA curator Naomi Beckwith discusses a new exhibit called “The Freedom Principle” that connects the legacy of the Black Arts Movement to current cultural and political battles.
Matana Roberts, Fareed Haque, Ernest Dawkins, NRG Ensemble with Michael Shannon, John Moulder, and Milton Suggs play the free Millennium park concert series.
A belated countdown of my 40 favorite albums of the year
The saxophonist and composer, a Chicago native, releases Mississippi Moonchile, the second chapter of her ambitious exploration of black music and history.
Not everyone on this list graduated, but there’s no disputing the talent and vision of the players.
Reader writers and friends tackle the year in music from five different directions
Matana Roberts releases the first chapter of a 12-part epic that traces African-American history back across the Atlantic.
Chicago tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson has died at 81.
Critic’s Choices and other notable concerts: The Magnetic Fields, Katherine Young, Atomic, Goatwhore, Efterklang, the Gunshy, and more
New York genre melters Burnt Sugar perform tonight at Uncommon Ground on Devon.
This week I’ll be talking about my 40 favorite albums of 2008, in four installments; here are numbers 40 through 31.