Tom Moon

Tom Moon has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and the music of the world since 1983.

He is the author of the New York Times bestseller 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (Workman Publishing), and a contributor to other books including The Final Four of Everything.

A saxophonist whose professional credits include stints on cruise ships and several tours with the Maynard Ferguson orchestra, Moon served as music critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1988 until 2004. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, Spin, Vibe, Harp and other publications, and has won several awards, including two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Music Journalism awards. He has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered since 1996.

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2:35pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Music Reviews

Album Review: 'Morning Phase'

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:05 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.

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3:22pm

Wed February 12, 2014
Music Reviews

Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 6:00 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Here's our critic, Tom Moon.

TOM MOON, BYLINE: If nothing else, Temples has impeccable timing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHELTER SONG")

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1:14pm

Mon November 11, 2013
Music Reviews

Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP'

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 5:54 pm

Lady Gaga's new album, ARTPOP, is out now.
Inez and Vinoodh Courtesy of the artist

2:33pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Music

Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:34 pm

Long Way Home is British singer Tom Odell's debut.
Andrew Whitton Courtesy of the artist

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2:55pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Music

Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:43 pm

Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist Pat Metheny is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer John Zorn is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments.

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