The Saharan world music magicians return, West Coast synthy weird pop favorites kill a sophomore slump, and the Japanese mistresses of food drop a creepy, hotel-themed collection.
Joel Gibbs' first in five years is the best outstretched EP of the year; Laura Jane Grace is a hero of in-your-face resiliency, and the reigning queen diva of African music returns.
Lovely, lively new albums abound this month, from Peter Gabriel, Broken Bells, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and others.
Bey's surprise LP stuns, Donald Glover's sophomore is strong but obvious, and Patrick Crowley makes you wish Studio 54 was open again.
So, you got yourself a table. You’re all situated, and now you’re scrutinizing a menu. Hopefully the host did you the service of providing an appropriate variety of menus and enough food menus for each diner to have one. It’s always fun to get a separate specials, cocktail or draft menu, but more than one [...]