World Music

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Dálava – The Book of Transfigurations (2017)

Even without the benefit of no expectations this time around, Julia Úlehla and Aram Bajakian’s ‘The Book of Transfigurations’ manages to captivate like that first Dálava album.

La Original Banda el Limon + Banda Maguey, Feb. 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

La Original Banda el Limon + Banda Maguey, Feb. 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

La Original Banda el Limon, Banda Maguey and others performed at the gorgeous Eagles Club Ballroom – a space built for the likes of Glenn Miller.

Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II (2016)

Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II (2016)

Is ‘Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II’ better than the original, one of 2014’s best rock albums?

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence – Work Songs (2016)

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence – Work Songs (2016)

Jaimeo Brown and Chris Sholar are able to make sense of traditional work songs from the American South and all corners of the world all and place it in the context of the present.

Aram Bajakian – Music Inspired By ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015)

Aram Bajakian – Music Inspired By ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015)

As a subversive within the musical realm, Aram Bajakian connected with a subversive director and like the film, effectively said much without any words at all.

The Beatles, “Within You Without You” from Sgt. Pepper’s (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Within You Without You” from Sgt. Pepper’s (1967): Deep Beatles

George Harrison established his songwriting skills on “Within You Without You,” an often-overlooked Beatles track that boldly explored Indian styles.

Paul Simon’s Graceland stirred outsized praise, and some criticisms too

Paul Simon’s Graceland stirred outsized praise, and some criticisms too

To paraphrase Paul Simon, these are songs of miracle and wonder. Decades after its August 25, 1986 release, however, ‘Graceland’ still sparks controversy.

Sinead O’Connor, “The Foggy Dew” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Sinead O’Connor, “The Foggy Dew” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Modern-day Irish activist Sinead O’Connor pays homage to the century-old funeral of another Irish activist.

Joan Baez – Gracias a la Vida (1974): Forgotten Series

Joan Baez – Gracias a la Vida (1974): Forgotten Series

In September 1973, Chilean folk singer Victor Jara was brutally murdered, moving Joan Baez to produce a final homage and farewell.

Novalima's new album, Planetario, is out now.

Novalima – Planetario (2015)

‘Planetario’ may be Novalima’s most accessible release to date, but the Afro-Peruvian electronica group still packs quite a wallop.