Posts By Stephen M. Deusner

King Khan: Murderburgers

The once wildly unhinged psych-rock maverick grows into adulthood, though his backing band brings some much-needed weirdness to the proceedings.

Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976

Covering his prime years as Stax Records’ ace in the hole, this four-disc set presents Hayes as a complex, compelling bandleader, producer, and songwriter who reshaped the dimensions of soul.

Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976

Covering his prime years as Stax Records’ ace in the hole, this four-disc set presents Hayes as a complex, compelling bandleader, producer, and songwriter who reshaped the dimensions of soul.

Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976

Covering his prime years as Stax Records’ ace in the hole, this four-disc set presents Hayes as a complex, compelling bandleader, producer, and songwriter who reshaped the dimensions of soul.

Hiss GoldenMessenger: Hallelujah Anyhow

Hiss Golden Messenger’s bittersweet, new LP is full of fluttery soul-grooves, borrowing from various regional folk and blues traditions. It speaks to what it means to be a compassionate citizen today.

Poor David’s Almanack

David Rawlings finds news ways of inhabiting old folk music alongside his longtime musical partner Gillian Welch. There’s a crisp intimacy to his new solo effort, but also a self-awareness.

Alex Chilton: A Man Called Destruction

In the mid-1990s, Alex Chilton entered a Memphis studio to track a collection of deep R&B and pop covers. The results were fascinating and frustrating in equal measure.

Alex Chilton: A Man Called Destruction

In the mid-1990s, Alex Chilton entered a Memphis studio to track a collection of deep R&B and pop covers. The results were fascinating and frustrating in equal measure.