The rakish Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter, bilingual and pansexual, is Lou Reed’s spiritual heir.
Art-rock band? Pomo chamber ensemble? Postbop jazz quintet? Depends when you catch them. And they’re well worth catching.
(Old Town School of Folk Music)
The vocal harmonies of this Ukrainian quartet have a gorgeous, strident dissonance that’s strange and wonderful to Western ears.
The indie-folk singer-songwriter has been around a while, but her voice remains both enduringly original and eternally ethereal.
Musical prodigies aren’t as common as they once were; but this fourteen-year-old virtuoso jazz pianist is the real deal.
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.