It’s a fine line between respectful acknowledgement and craven homage, but this Connecticut trio show their continued, unwavering good judgment with the follow-up to 2011′s self-titled debut. Troubadour is an(other) impeccable demonstration of the benefits of jazz, classical and R&B-pop training, balancing pin-sharp musicianship with the controlled looseness that exercises in tripped-out funk and sun-dappled, experimental soul demand. The spirits of OutKast, Chick Corea, Steely Dan, Bobby Womack and Stevie Wonder hover nearby, but the record streaks off into a fabulously colored stratosphere that’s entirely its creators’ own.
By Keith Harris on 10.01.08 in Interviews
Happily married couples have formed the nucleus of many a prominent indie rock band. But wife Kori Gardner and husband Jason Hammel are Mates of State — since they first joined forces in the late '90s in Lawrence,...
By Richard Gehr on 11.06.14 in Features
The son of cult members seeks a peaceful future in his music.
By Claire Lobenfeld on 10.07.14 in News
San Francisco electronic-soul purveyor Brogan Bentley is gearing up to release his brooding debut full-length The Snake (November 11, Leaving Records/Stones Throw) and the hypnotic "Smoke" is one of our first tastes of w...
By Nate Patrin on 08.26.14 in Reviews
Ringgo Ancheta is all about balance. As Mndsgn, he's been putting out enigmatic beat tapes for years, smothering loping breaks under a humid atmosphere that accommodate both rust and greenery alike. No wonder he gravitat...