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The Christian McBride Trio Smoke the Roscoe Room at Alvin & Friends in New Rochelle, NY

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

McBride had a Cheshire cat smile as he picked up his burnished bass and proceeded to start the first set with a rousing staccato version of Juan Tizol's "Caravan" -- a proud master showing off his amazing musical prodigy. The trio is a powerhouse of precision and technical virtuosity.

Monks of Mellonwah's Repeat Performance

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

The Sydney, Australian band Monks of Mellonwah, also known as MOM, have recently released their first full length album. On the music scene since 2...

Days Are Gone: HAIM Sisters Surpass Hype With Marvelous Debut Album (Review)

Thomas McKenna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas McKenna

Tuesday, October 1st witnessed the long-anticipated release of HAIM's debut album, Days Are Gone. It is a masterwork. It is music that burrows in your brain and stays there.

Aurganic's Deviations: Interrupted by Wrong Voices

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

When a band decides to name their brand new album "deviations," one would think the goal would be to deliver something musically different from the usual. Far from being out of the usual run of things, Aurganic's new EP is missing magic.

Final Response on 'The Put On of the Century, or the Cage Centenary'

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

We may wish to belittle, deny, evade, deprecate, or run away from the delineation of best/better/bad/awful, in that it involves making judgments of quality. But we must sooner or latter come to grips with this hard reality, or else our lives and commitment to Music cease to be serious.

A Unique Sound Sets ZZ Ward Apart

Dyana Posner | Posted 12.02.2012 | Entertainment
Dyana Posner

I do not think it's unfair to say that most of today's most popular music all sounds the same, because it does. The music industry desperately needs someone to stir things up. We need an original sound. Enter ZZ Ward.

Haiku Reviews: Woody Allen, Shostakovich And Vampire Madness

Posted 07.31.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a monthly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditi...

Review: El-P's Never Easy 'Cancer 4 Cure'

Brandon Perkins | Posted 07.22.2012 | Entertainment
Brandon Perkins

One of hip-hop's defining and most exhilarating moments is when the beat drops out and allows a particularly powerful or poignant punchline to garner all the shine. As a producer, El-P is among the best at setting up these moments.

Music and Spirituality: Thoughts on Cesar Franck's Violin Sonata

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
Alan Elsner

There is something feverish about listening to Cesar Franck. Something in this music takes you to another place. The hairs rise on the back of your neck. The response it evokes is physical as well as intellectual.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 06.21.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

As you shake off the dust and disease from Coachella, take a listen to a new week of beautiful alternative noise, thrilling debuts, decisive hip-hop, and musical reinvention.

Carole King & James Taylor's DVD Is an Instant Face-Plant Into Nostalgia

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

If you're young, this may sound stupid beyond belief, but if you've got miles and bruises, this is music that connects you to old dreams and affirms every hope you ever had for your generation, your country and yourself.

John Spillane: From Cork to the Universal

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rory Fitzgerald

Rory Fitzgerald meets Cork singer songwriter John Spillane and hears about his new album, the art of songwriting and his hopes for a changing Ireland....

A Modern Classic: The Cops' Free Electricity

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

Their biggest influences seem to be British, right down to the "oh-oh-oh" backup vocals and percussive post-punk guitars but there ain't nothing un-American about the way The Cops kick ass.

New Tunes On Monday: Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Ben Harper and Relentless7, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, New York Dolls, and Paul Potts

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ever since Cat Stevens embraced Islam, the West has been clueless when it comes to accepting the former superstar. His latest release, Roadsinger, is a good start in rebuilding that emotional bridge to Stevens.

HuffPost Reviews: Bob Dylan - Together Through Life / Playing For Change - Songs Around The World

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Together Through Life is a tonic whose pace is moderate, music is organic, lyrics are intelligent, and feel is refreshingly human.

A Modern Classic: Cynic's Traced in Air, A Reunion Album As Good As the Classic Debut

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

One of the best metal albums of the decade quietly came out last November, Traced in Air by Cynic, their first album in a decade and a half.

HuffPost Review: Kanye West -- 808s & Heartbreak

Brandon Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brandon Perkins

With a career track record comprised of doing exactly what he wanted to do and receiving hyperbolic pop-appraise, Kanye did the only thing Kanye could: He made an anti-pop album.