Hungary leader grapples with EU as corruption concerns rise

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending o...

Review: Karen O & Danger Mouse bring out best in each other

Karen O & Danger Mouse, "Lux Prima" (BMG) Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O teams up with producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) on a balanced collaboration that brin...

Review: Snarky Puppy's 'Immigrance' emulates live experience

Snarky Puppy, "Immigrance" (GroundUP Music) With musicians from all over the United States, as well as Argentina, Canada and Japan, to name a few, and instruments from as far away as...

Review: Patty Griffin's elegant songs are deeply meditative

Patty Griffin, "Patty Griffin" (PGM/Thirty Tigers) It's taken Patty Griffin more than 20 years and nearly a dozen albums to issue a self-titled release. There may be no particular re...

Review: Nick Waterhouse makes old soul sounds for new themes

Nick Waterhouse, "Nick Waterhouse" (Innovative Leisure) "There's an exit/and there's a way out/the two just ain't the same" is a typical lyric from Nick Waterhouse's self-titled four...

Review: Weezer's 'Black Album' mocks, shocks and knocks

Weezer, "Weezer (Black Album)" (Crush Music/Atlantic Records) Fashion and decor experts say black and teal are a good combination, so there are ways in which Weezer's "Black Album" m...

Review: Reese Wynans hosts guitar summit on first solo album

Reese Wynans & Friends, "Sweet Release" (J&R Adventures) With a career going back to the 1960s, keyboard player Reese Wynans is probably best known for his time recording and...

Review: UK's Yola sings vintage country-soul on debut album

Yola, "Walk Through Fire" (Easy Eye Sound) Yola's "Walk Through Fire" is a scrumptious period piece of an album, its strings, harpsichords, steel guitars, electric pianos and harmoni...

Review: Chaka Khan's 'Hello Happiness' is mini bundle of joy

Chaka Khan, "Hello Happiness" (Diary/Island Records) With just seven songs in 28 minutes, Chaka Khan's "Hello Happiness" is a little bundle of joy, emphasis on the little. But you sh...

Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band's 'Signs' is inspirational

Tedeschi Trucks Band, "Signs" (Fantasy Records/Concord) You can't avoid being mesmerized by Susan Tedeschi's singing on "Signs." The Tedeschi Trucks Band has a doze...

Review: Cass McCombs evokes the West on 'Tip of the Sphere'

Cass McCombs, "Tip of the Sphere" (ANTI-) Cass McCombs follows up 2016's "Mangy Love," the most all-around successful and profile-lifting album of his career, with an atmospheric, sw...

Music Review: Beck, Patti Smith, Unkle inspired by 'Roma'

Various Artists, "Music Inspired by the Film Roma" (Sony Music Masterworks) Beck, Patti Smith, Unkle, DJ Shadow and Billie Eilish are part of a large and diverse group performing son...

Review: Michael Chapman looks back, forward on 'True North'

Michael Chapman, "True North" (Paradise of Bachelors) If John Bonham called his drumsticks "trees," Michael Chapman must have cables on his acoustic guitar instead of strings. Like B...

Review: Evan Dando returns with Lemonheads' album of covers

The Lemonheads, "Varshons 2" (Fire Records) Cover versions have played a conflicting role for Evan Dando and The Lemonheads, their takes on "Luka" and "Mrs. Robinson" clearing paths ...

Review: Paul Webb is vulnerable Rustin Man on 'Drift Code'

Rustin Man, "Drift Code" (Domino) Paul Webb had been working for years on a follow-up to his first album as Rustin Man — "Out of Season," the stupendous 2002 collaboration with Porti...