Milo Miles

Milo Miles is Fresh Air's world-music and American-roots music critic. He is a former music editor of The Boston Phoenix.

Miles is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone magazine, and he also writes about music for The Village Voice and The New York Times.

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2:00pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Music

Golem Ain't Your Grandparents' Klezmer

The New York City band Golem describe their music as punk-klezmer. Music critic Milo Miles says that on the group's new album, Tanz, they mange to find new ways to balance urban irreverence with folk tradition.

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2:47pm

Mon March 31, 2014
Music Reviews

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat

Dave's Picks Volume 9 features a 1974 Grateful Dead concert played in Montana.
Courtesy of the artist

The same week that Neil Young introduced his Pono music player designed to spark a huge boost in audio fidelity, I listened for the first time to a recording of a Grateful Dead concert I attended almost 40 years ago. And I realized that passions about good-sounding music go through cycles. Today, the lo-fi medium is MP3s through earbuds.

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3:15pm

Thu February 6, 2014
Music Reviews

Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 4:12 pm

Penny Penny.
Courtesy of the artist

The appearance of Penny Penny's Shaka Bundu in the American market is welcome not only in itself, but also as a sign of a larger trend. Five or six years ago, it was clear the music business was going into long-term sales decline, and I was certain that a prime victim of that would be African pop. The established imports of the '80s and '90s would be available as MP3 downloads, but surely new discoveries and reissues would slow to a trickle, if not cease altogether. I'm grateful that that has simply not happened.

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12:04pm

Mon November 25, 2013
Music Reviews

Will The Real Llewyn Davis Please Stand Up?

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 1:15 pm

Dave Van Ronk at the 1968 Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Diana Davies Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

3:32pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Music Reviews

Europe Swings The Body Electric

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:46 pm

The members of Caravan Palace are practitioners of electro-swing.
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