Live at the Avant Garde
Live at the Avant Garde

Magic Sam

Live at the Avant Garde

November 18, 2013

Chicago Blues

Magic Sam, a blazingly gifted blues guitarist, was booked to play a coffee house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June 1968, and a fan brought along a tape machine and recorded the show. Thankfully for us all, that fan held on to the tape, and it was released in 2013 as Live at the Avant Garde. The surprisingly good sounding recording captures the Chicago blues master in laid back but committed form, and decades later, his string bends are still a thing of beauty.

- Mark Deming

Captain of None
Captain of None

Colleen

Captain of None

April 6, 2015

Alternative/Indie Rock

Colleen's A Flame My Love, A Frequency was one of the year's best albums, just as Captain of None was in 2015. Her Thrill Jockey debut is breezy yet powerful, percolating with a mysterious insistence reflected in each of its portraits of splendid isolation and independence. Equally wild and thoughtful, this is some of Colleen's boldest, most eclectic music.

- Heather Phares