Music Reviews: Six Little-known Artists You Ought to Hear

Here’s a quick look at half a dozen new EPs and full-length albums from artists you might not have heard of. They all merit a listen, and at least a few of them deserve standing ovations. Sunny War, Simple Syrup. When Los Angeles-based folk singer Sunny War’s With the Sun album appeared in 2018, I […]

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Bentley’s Bandstand: March 2021

  Hasaan Ibn Ali, Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album. Reading like a chapter out of a great Raymond Chandler novel, Hasaan Ibn Ali’s new release has some serious twists and turns. In 1964, drummer Max Roach persuaded Atlantic Records to record relative newcomer Ali. That album, titled THE MAX ROACH TRIO FEATURING THE LEGENDARY HASAAN and released […]

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Music Reviews: The Band’s ‘Stage Fright’ Expanded, Plus Sara Petite, Domenic Cicala, and the Red Step

To call an album a group’s third best would usually be faint praise, but not where the Band are concerned: 1970’s Stage Fright arguably ranks slightly behind its two predecessors in their catalog, but that’s only because those earlier records are their classic Music from Big Pink debut and their even better eponymous sophomore LP. […]

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Folk Alliance International’s “Folk Unlocked Virtual Festival” Aims To Help Hurting Artists

  This year with its Folk Unlocked Virtual Festival, a first-ever worldwide 800+ hour online public festival to be held February 22nd through the 26th, Folk Alliance International kicks off its Village Fund, a fund specifically designed to help musicians and folk music workers through the Covid 19 crisis. Aengus Finnan, executive director of FAI […]

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