The holiday season has delivered a blizzard of important new releases and reissues from major acts, leaving this reviewer little time to cover albums by the lesser-known artists who might someday be major acts themselves. Here's a brief look at a few of the ones he has heard lately.
Bill Bentley is back with his picks for the best albums of the second half of 2014, along with choices for best song and best reissue. This is just the thing you need in case Santa forgets to bring you some music.
There was a lot of amazing music recorded this year, and maybe even one or two more to come before those 2011 calendars get tossed. Here's hoping December is a happy month for all, and the holiday season gets good and groovy real quick.
Pieta Brown, Mercury. Ready for the magic? To possibly go to that quiet place where songs matter, and music can be our salvation? If so, Pieta Brown will take you. Sometimes the stars line up just like they should, and...