Boomkat Product Review:
On the cover: Mourning [A] BLKstar: The prolific Cleveland, Ohio ensemble speak to the power of community with a continually evolving amalgam of soul, funk, blues and jazz.
Beverly Glenn-Copeland: The resurgent Philadelphia born singer-songwriter’s new age folk-pop promotes compassion and kindness in defiance of harsh reality. By Joshua Minsoo Kim. Lao Dan: The Chinese multi-instrumentalist blends formal training with strategies of unlearning to create stark and physically demanding works. By Josh Feola
Bunita Marcus: The post-minimalist composer and conductor quietly reclaims the spotlight. By Louise Gray. Invisible Jukebox: Marcia Bassett × Samara Lubelski: New York psych/folk/noise lifers experience both sides of The Wire’s mystery record selection. Unlimited Editions: Anòmia. Unofficial Channels: CHEWn!
Theresa Wong: The rulebreaking cellist gets sensitive. By Julian Cowley. No Home: London bedroom punk artfully bemoans the rat race. By Stephanie Phillips. Alan Braufman: Second wind for the New York saxophonist. By Philip Clark. Eve Maret: Electronic therapy, Eno homages and community soundcraft from the Nashville synthesist. By Emily Bick
Global Ear: Our regular column continues to report on music in the time of pandemic. This month: record shop survivalism in Leeds and clubbing compilations in Lisbon The Inner Sleeve: East Man on Play For Today: Destiny. Epiphanies: A teacher’s mixtape reveals other aspects of Eric Dolphy to Harald Kisiedu
Soundcheck: Marisa Anderson & Jim White, Steven Ball, Mick Barr/Ocrilim, Daniel Blumberg, Bob Vylan, Bonjintan, Boris, Peter Brötzmann & Fred Lonberg-Holm, Loren Connors, Chick Corea, Anla Courtis & Daniel Menche, Crumpsall Riddle, Lucrecia Dalt, Rhodri Davies, Deafkids & Petbrick, Deap Lips, Deerhoof, Deerhoof & Wadada Leo Smith, Duma, Wendy Eisenberg, Eleh, Roger Eno & Brian Eno, Mahan Esfahani, Euphorials, Evicshen, The Flaming Lips, Full Blast, Gaika, Nubya Garcia, Gate, Gaudi, Howe Gelb, Carol Genetti & Claire Rousay, Gnod & Joao Pais Filipe, Malcolm Green, Charles Hayward, Hayward Versus Harmergeddon, Ted Hearne & Saul Williams, Ice Yacht, Igorrr, Inner City, Iron Wigs, Jyoti, Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci, KTL, Suzanne Langille & Neel Murgai, Christian Lillinger, lojii & Swarvy, London Contemporary Orchestra, Marlowe, Matmos, Mix Master Mike & Steve Jordan, Jason Molina, Hedvig Mollestad, Michael Morley, Napalm Death, Obnox, Pauline Oliveros & Alan Courtis, Aki Onda, Renegade Connection, Claire Rousay, San Agustin, Philip Sanderson, Senyawa & Stephen O’Malley, Archie Shepp/Raw Poetic/Damu, The Fudgemunk, Skyzoo, Sour Spirit, Sour Spirit/Sour Data, Sparkle Division, Still House Plants, Swarvy, Cadu Tenório, Thumbscrew, Charles Tolliver, Windy & Carl, Wool & The Pants, Yo La Tengo, Various Blue Note Re:imagined, Various Kaleidoscope: New Spirits Known & Unknown, Various Touch: Isolation