Album of the Week

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Florence & The Machine "High As Hope"

It was bound to happen; even the highest flyers have to rest their wings and come down to earth for a while. After the bombast of past albums, the raging emotions and cascading production, the...

Florence & The Machine "High As Hope"

It was bound to happen; even the highest flyers have to rest their wings and come down to earth for a while. After the bombast of past albums, the raging emotions and cascading production, the...

Lord Huron - Vide Noir

Vide Noir is the third album by the Los Angeles indie rock group Lord Huron, and was released last month. The title is French for “black void,” but the void of the title was inspired not by outer or...

Vance Joy - Nation of Two

Vance Joy – Nation of Two (Liberation Music)Vance Joy (real name James Keogh), the Australia singer-songwriter with open hearted lyrics and a love for dynamics is back with a pop-centric sophomore...

David Byrne - American Utopia

David Byrne - American Utopia (Todomundo/Nonesuch)In the liner notes of David Byrne’s latest album, there’s a written piece called “Dreamers”. It reads like an artist’s statement, where Byrne...

Lissie – Castles

Midwestern singer-songwriter Lissie reaches new depths in her writing and singing, fully embraces her roots and expands sonically on her fourth LP, Castles. The first thing that usually draws...

Album of the Week - Anderson East

Anderson East – EncoreAlabama native Anderson East collaborates with producer Dave Cobb once more on his Southern Soul sound for Encore. The album boasts songwriters from Chris and Morgane Stapleton...

The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers, Queens of the Breakers (Secret City)They can veer between feedback-laced indie rock and gorgeous Simon & Garfunkel-esque baroque folk, and they’ve never sounded as self-assured...

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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, "The Soul Of A Woman" (Daptone)We lost Sharon Jones a little over a year ago, after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.  Her final album was recorded...

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U2 "Songs of Experience"This is the 14th studio album from the Irish band, U2. The album starts out with the eerie "Love is All We Have Left," which begins the record on a downbeat. They are...

Album of the Week

U2 "Songs of Experience"

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit "The Nashville Sound"

What is the Nashville sound? For years that concept could be captured by the music heard on country radio stations and in the stadiums filled by fans of country music’s biggest stars. But Nashville...

Rhiannon Giddens "Freedom Highway"

The pages of history can be stripped dry of the humanity that created it. Devoid of the reality of personal struggle, sacrifice, triumph, and tragedy, the human narrative is lost. Rhiannon Giddens...

Aimee Mann "Mental Illness"

Aimee Mann has turned down the volume, but not the intensity on her ninth studio and solo album, Mental Illness. After her power pop-infused side project The Both (with post-punk veteran Ted Leo, who...

Ryan Adams "Prisoner"

With the release of his 16th album 'Prisoner' Ryan Adams is still finding new ways to describe heartache, broken promises, disappointment and loss. It's not a secret tha tthis new release is a...

Dan Auerbach "Waiting on a Song"

Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studio is outfitted with an extensive vinyl library. At a moment’s notice the multi-talented artist can reach for an example of a sound he’s looking to recreate or for...

Son Little "New Magic"

Creating music can be a mysterious, sometimes magical process. Aaron Livingston, aka, Son Little, discovered the spark for New Magic during a visit to Australia’s Northern Territory. Its pitch black...

JD McPherson "Undivided Heart & Soul"

JD McPherson’s music reverentially borrows from early rock & roll, and its predecessors and offshoots. Undivided Heart & Soul was recorded at RCA’s Studio B in Nashville, the same studios...

Josh Ritter "Gathering"

When you grow up in Moscow, Idaho, your daily inspirations are gleaned from the academic atmosphere of the University of Idaho, the small town culture of Main Street, and the natural beauty of the...

Beth Ditto "Fake Sugar"

Beth Ditto, former frontwoman of the indie punk band Gossip, explodes on her solo debut album Fake Sugar. Her signature powerful voice come through from the first note of “Fire,” the record’s first...

Joan Osborne "The Songs of Bob Dylan"

Any song interpreter worth her weight finds that at some point she must cover a Bob Dylan song. The genius of his lyrics and the craftiness of his melodies lure the best singers to his canon, the...

Jack Johnson "All the Light Above It Too"

The collision of climate change and political turmoil has created an environment sure to illicit reaction from musicians, particularly those who have invested in ecological concerns. Jack Johnson has...

Haim "Something To Tell You"

It was close to 6 years ago that I wandered into a showcase of acts that I hadn't heard of on a closing night of SXSW in Austin, TX.  HAIM were there to close that evenings lineup, and even...

The War on Drugs "A Deeper Understanding"

Listening to The War on Drug’s latest release is akin to standing in the eye of a tornado. Sound cycles around you, spinning out layers of impeccable production, intricate melodies, and ephemeral...

Iron & Wine "Beast Epic"

When Sam Beam released his first collections of songs as Iron & Wine they were like naked infants. New to the world, they were sparse, instinctual endeavors, and yet they radiated primal truths....

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