• Howe Gelb,  World

    Howe Gelb and a Band of Gypsies

    As an Arizona resident for the past 18 + years, and a lover of many things Americana/roots, especially with a west coast / southwest vibe, it’s damn silly that I’m not more familiar with the Tucson’s Howe Gelb and his…

  • Gipsy Kings,  World

    A Nod to the the Gipsy Kings

    Almost 5 years running, and I’ve never even mentioned the Gipsy Kings on this blog? For shame, Pete. The Rumba Catalana sound of the Gipsy Kings have been bringing audiences and listeners joy for more than 20 years now (13…

  • Punk,  World

    ACL Highlight: Gogol Bordello

    What a fun &%#$ band! High energy bohemian gypsy maniacs. Gogol Bordello was high on my list of must-see acts at the ACL festival a couple weeks ago. Like a lot of people, I first came to know of them…

  • Indie,  World

    Northern Exposure: Tagaq

    Bizarre, diverse, expansive, extraordinary, sensual and provocative, the sophomore release Auk/Blood from Canadian artist Tagaq brings to mind a flurry of metaphors that all lead to the summation of a single word; Unique. As an experience I can only liken…

  • Indie,  World

    First Listen: Haale

    Haale (pronounced similar to Hallelujah) successfully manages to blend the traditional rhythm and passion of Persian and Sufi Trance music and fuse it with a beautiful take on the post modern rock most readily associated with the likes of Radiohead.…

  • Reggae,  World

    Meet Tiken Jah Fakoly

    It’s news stories like this that jump out at me and remind me about the power of music. Tiken Jah Fakoly is a very popular reggae artist in Africa. He’s also very outspoken and apt to speak his mind –…

  • World

    Afrofunk falls into a Deep Sleep

    Ickmusic’s crack Canadian correspondent, Cam, returns…. A few years ago, at my frigid first outdoor festival of the year, the tropical sounds of Mr. Something Something caught my ear. I thought they were great. Having seen Antibalas, Femi Kuti, and…