Joan of Arc
“Tim Melina Theo Bobby”
The venerable indie band brings its quarter-century partnership to a close with a valedictory album that’s aurally complex and lyrically crystalline.
In her latest release, the blues singer tackles social issues from gun violence to climate change, all with clear-sighted courage and bravura vocalizing.
“When a Man Loves An Omen”
The new EP from former Low Skies frontman Christopher Salveter goes old-school, stripped-down folk in the sonics—and earnest, winsome wokeness in the lyrics.
“Miss the Feeling”
The garage-soul band’s irresistible debut EP is a kind of time machine, launching you back to the late-sixties pinnacle of high-gloss, AM-radio R&B.
“Stone Cold Woman”
Jazz-and-blues singer Foxx’s voice has a ravishingly jagged edge, and this EP (mixing original tunes and well-chosen standards) is a sleek and seductive listen.
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.