Anna Netrebko’s Mournful ‘Mamma Morta’


Opera geeks are always charged with excitement, and a little anxiety, when a favorite singer releases a new album. (Has her voice changed? How will it fit the repertoire?) Netrebko, arguably today’s most touted soprano, is about to issue a new album, Verismo — and we’ve got a sneak peek. As her plush voice has added darker, richer colors over …

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Songs We Love: The Westerlies, ‘Saro’


Many stylistic winds blow through the repertoire of The Westerlies. The unconventional brass quartet from New York (Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trumpets; Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones) embraces jazz, classical, new music and dance — and in this case, puts a new spin on an old British ballad. “Pretty Saro,” as the song is best known, is …

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Songs We Love: Peter Eldridge, ‘Mind To Fly’


Over more than 25 years, Eldridge has built a solid career as a singer, songwriter, pianist and teacher. All of those talents are in ample evidence in this original tune, on which he sings and plays piano and which opens his recently released album, Disappearing Day. He frames himself with smart and alluring accompaniment, including a sinuous bass line, smoky …

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Songs We Love: Noura Mint Seymali, ‘Na Sane’


t was just two years ago that Mauritanian vocalist Noura Mint Seymali hit the international scene — but now, it’s hard to imagine the scope of African music without her. The singer and her band blow listeners away with giddily woozy and dreamlike vocals; blistering guitar played by her husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly; and the grounding elements of Ousmane Touré’s …

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Songs We Love: Mannequin Pussy, ‘Romantic’


A recent tweet from Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy says “i appreciate heartbreak only because of how transformative it can be.” That may as well be the thesis of the band’s forthcoming album, Romantic, though you wouldn’t necessarily know it from the record’s sound: brawny punk with a fuzzy pop streak. Mannequin Pussy’s debut album, GP, mixed stormy angst with blissed-out shoegaze …

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