John Nova Lomax

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  • 4 years ago | Music News

    Idiosyncratic singer-songwriter and painter Joseph Arthur has always been something of an enigma. First, there's his music: haunting and utterly nocturnal gravel-voiced hymns to desolation, lushly presented with eclectic beats, electronic loops an...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Over the past decade, year-end critic's lists have multiplied faster than the worry lines on Ben Bernanke's brow. By now, both the Internet and the magazine rack at Barnes & Noble are brimming with head-spinning, eye-glazing permutations of praise...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    This story, as originally conceived, was supposed to be a compilation of the year's best boxed sets and other reissues. But then it hit us: In today's shuffle-driven iPod world, with the pace of pop culture moving at breakneck speed, it's pointles...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    As far as music goes, I am not a tribal person. I am not prodded by Pitchfork, nor narcotized by Relix, nor are my spirits lifted by No Depression. Not to say that those media sources are entirely flawed -- indeed, each has its virtues. But each o...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    Some MCs are dancers and dodgers, like Barry Sanders on the microphone; it's hard to get a grip on them. Bun B is not one of those. As befits his stocky frame, he's more in the vein of Jerome Bettis or Larry Csonka, a human cannonball who moves pi...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    Long ago, in his biography of seminal jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton, my great-uncle Alan Lomax equated New Orleans's contribution to American music to Florence's involvement in the Renaissance. But another Italian capital seems closer to the mar...