The Malta Independent 22 May 2019, Wednesday

Music

Shovels & Rope keep folk tradition alive

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 10:21 Last update: about 1 day ago Associated Press

Shovels & Rope, "By Blood" (Dualtone) The traditions of folk and bluegrass style may seem all but dead — gone are the days of murder ballads, tunes written on horseback and songs...

Norah Jones is unrestrained on 'Begin Again'

Monday, 20 May 2019, 10:19 Last update: about 1 day ago Associated Press

Norah Jones, "Begin Again" (Blue Note) Norah Jones grew to be a household name after her 2002 debut "Come Away With Me" — an album that brought her five Grammys. She became a jazz...

Glen Hansard brings familiar intensity to latest set

Friday, 17 May 2019, 09:05 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

A brooding intensity runs through much of Glen Hansard's music, from his time with the Frames to the ambitious songcraft of "Once" to more mature compositions of recent years. It can leave you feeling...

Damien Jurado's frugal sounds rich with love, hope

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 09:04 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

Damien Jurado, "In the Shape of a Storm" (Mama Bird Recording Co.) Damien Jurado's sneakily quiet "In the Shape of a Storm" is as stark as its cover illustration, but within, the frugal sounds...

On 'Social Cues,' Cage the Elephant sound uncaged

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 09:03 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

Cage the Elephant, "Social Cues" (RCA) The new Cage the Elephant album begins with a spacy, otherworldly hum that's interrupted by some throbbing, insistent knocking. That leads to some...

Ben Platt moves away from 'Dear Evan Hansen' with new album

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 09:01 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

Much of Ben Platt's debut album "Sing to Me Instead" is inspired by past loves, but he laughs at the notion that he could be pulling a Taylor Swift. Platt says the songs are more about emotions...

Scottish band Idlewild return with refreshing album

Monday, 13 May 2019, 09:00 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

Idlewild, "Interview Music" (Empty Words) Scottish rock band Idlewild already have one comeback album in their catalog — 2015's "Everything Ever Written" — but four years on, their...

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