GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT
If you’re still waiting for a Clinton to lift you up from despair, the grandfather of funk is ready to oblige.
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
(Old Town School of Folk Music)
Hard to believe the South African a cappella ensemble has been at it half a century; they still sound fresh as rainwater.
With the kind of voice that once shimmered from 78s, this ragtime rocker’s so retro he’s radical.
With its glossy synth pop and stylish anomie, these British boys bring the eighties roaring back.
LAURA JANE GRACE
Guitar rock seems a natural genre for channeling trans defiance, but it took Grace to make it soar.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.