The Wire - Issue 439
Inside this issue:
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. By Neil Kulkarni
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
The Boomerang: The Awakening, Walter Bishop Jr, Biting Tongues, Doug Carn featuring Jean Carn, The Mark Harvey Group, Ike Yard, Milan Knížák, Lightning Head, Pale Cocoon, Philip Perkins, Phew, Gene Russell, The Stooges, Sylvester, Various Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave & Hardcore
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