Lobo Marino | At Appalachian South Folklife Center

Lobo Marino | At Appalachian South Folklife Center

ARTIST: Lobo MarinoTITLE: At Appalachian South Folklife CenterLABEL: self-released Lobo Marino, the Richmond-based duo of Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price, has been making music for ten years. They tour and gig continuously, and they’re released eight recordings over that period. But until now, none of those sets has captured the raw power and otherworldly beauty of their live performances – this one does so in spades. Drone instruments are a key element of the Lobo Marino…

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba | Miri

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba | Miri

ARTIST: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba TITLE: Miri LABEL: Out Here At this point in his career, Bassekou Kouyate is synonymous with his instrument, the Malian proto-banjo lute called ngoni. Anything anybody else ever does with the ngoni will be benchmarked against this man, his playing and his innovations. Kouyate’s last two albums have been hard-edged, almost rock-like, reflective of Mali’s trials since 2012’s Northern conflict. On his fifth album, Kouyate returns to his rural routes in Garana, on…

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Barro | Somos

Barro | Somos

ARTIST: Barro TITLE: Somos LABEL: self-released The city of Recife and Pernambuco state in Brazil’s northeast are home to one of that vast nation’s most unique music scenes. Artists like Lenine, Nacao Zumbi, Mombojo and Otto make music that’s challenging, uncategorizable and most certainly distinct from what’s happening in the cultural capitals of Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro. The second solo album from Barro threatens to put him into that top tier of Pernambuco artists….

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Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird | The Butcher’s Share

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird | The Butcher’s Share

ARTIST: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird TITLE: The Butcher’s Share LABEL: Oriente Here’s the fifth album from Berlin’s Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird, released in Germany last year and getting an American push now with the band touring the USA in November. Kahn is one of my favorite singer-songwriters, a man who cites as influences Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Tom Lehrer, Brecht & Eisler, Woody Guthrie, Howlin’ Wolf, The Pogues, and Leonard Cohen,…

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