Posts Tagged: Matana Roberts

A Closer Listen’s Best Albums of the Decade

The decade is over, and a new one has just begun!  A happy new year to all of our readers.  As we close the book on the old year and put the last decade to bed, we offer one final

A Closer Listen’s Best Albums of the Decade

The decade is over, and a new one has just begun!  A happy new year to all of our readers.  As we close the book on the old year and put the last decade to bed, we offer one final

A Closer Listen’s Best Experimental Albums of the Decade

“Let’s try an experiment, and see if it works!”  By all indications, the experiments of the ten artists on our decade chart were successful.  They tried new things, and found their efforts rewarded.  While we laud the efforts of all

A Closer Listen’s Best Experimental Albums of the Decade

“Let’s try an experiment, and see if it works!”  By all indications, the experiments of the ten artists on our decade chart were successful.  They tried new things, and found their efforts rewarded.  While we laud the efforts of all

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Experimental

From locked grooves to dueling drummers; from abstract voices to plastic instruments; from stories of slavery to modern African drones, the Experimental category represents creativity at its best.  These artists follow their own paths, abandoning the marked roads, more interested

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Experimental

From locked grooves to dueling drummers; from abstract voices to plastic instruments; from stories of slavery to modern African drones, the Experimental category represents creativity at its best.  These artists follow their own paths, abandoning the marked roads, more interested

Matana Roberts ~ COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis

COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis is essential listening.  It screams the past to the present, echoing Spike Lee’s cry at the end of Do the Right Thing:  “Wake up!”  We still haven’t woken up.  We still haven’t faced the sins of our ancestors,

Matana Roberts ~ COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis

COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis is essential listening.  It screams the past to the present, echoing Spike Lee’s cry at the end of Do the Right Thing:  “Wake up!”  We still haven’t woken up.  We still haven’t faced the sins of our ancestors,

ACL 2015: The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Rich picked Matana Roberts, Chris picked Michael Price, James picked Ian William Craig, David picked Holly Herndon and Joe picked Heroin in Tahiti.  But this year’s #1, one of the longest albums ever recorded, drew support from across the board.

ACL 2015: The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Rich picked Matana Roberts, Chris picked Michael Price, James picked Ian William Craig, David picked Holly Herndon and Joe picked Heroin in Tahiti.  But this year’s #1, one of the longest albums ever recorded, drew support from across the board.

ACL 2015: Top Ten Experimental

The cool, the crazy, the distinctive ~ every artist and album has a shot here.  In this section, we celebrate music that’s clearly different from the competition.  Experiments don’t always work, but here they have; these risks have produced rewards.

ACL 2015: Top Ten Experimental

The cool, the crazy, the distinctive ~ every artist and album has a shot here.  In this section, we celebrate music that’s clearly different from the competition.  Experiments don’t always work, but here they have; these risks have produced rewards.

Matana Roberts ~ Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee

Coin Coin Chapter Three is one of the best albums of 2015.  How do we know this already?  Because in the modern era, there has never been a year in which ten albums were better than this one.  Matana Roberts is a

Matana Roberts ~ Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee

Coin Coin Chapter Three is one of the best albums of 2015.  How do we know this already?  Because in the modern era, there has never been a year in which ten albums were better than this one.  Matana Roberts is a