February 18, 2014

Alternative/Indie Rock

Brimming with independent spirit and worldly charm, the former Brazilian Girls frontwoman delivered a wonderful mish-mash of '60s French pop, Latin traditions, and adventurous indie pop on her 2014 debut.

- Timothy Monger

Ethiopian Knights

Donald Byrd

Ethiopian Knights



Right from the stop-start bass groove that opens "The Emperor," it's immediately clear that Ethiopian Knights is more indebted to funk -- not just funky jazz, but the straight-up James Brown/Sly Stone variety -- than any previous Donald Byrd project. And, like a true funk band, Byrd and his group work the same driving, polyrhythmic grooves over and over, making rhythm the focal point of the music.

- Steve Huey