Tariq and Quest are still going strong; Yukimi Nagano listened to loads of Michael Jackson for inspiration, and the Norway-Sweden alliance shines in a brilliant EP.
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.
It’s totally possible that Michael Sam’s slowly but surely making queer people sports fans: learning rules, checking scores, researching his draft prospects, etc. But this week is his week (we’re hoping) to be the first openly gay NFL player drafted into the league. It’s pretty thrilling, actually, on par with Jason Collins’ openness and barrier [...]