Album of the Week

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Beck "Colors"

In 2015 Beck’s Morning Phase took home the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The win came as a shock being that Beyonce was heavily favored to win. Instead Beck’s quietly reflective folk-infused...

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....

Arcade Fire "Everything Now"

Arcade Fire was an unknown entity to most of the viewers of the 53rd Grammy Awards despite having released two earlier critically acclaimed albums. When they took the award for Album of the Year a...

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

The history of Fleetwood Mac is a tangled web of interpersonal relationships, wicked smart songwriting, and mega-success. The McVie’s, John and Christine, were married and divorced. Stevie Nicks and...

Gov't Mule "Revolution Come...Revolution Go"

As the title of Gov’t Mule’s 10th album implies, the concept of revolution isn’t exactly revolutionary. Warren Haynes’ side project turned 20 a few years ago but shows no sign of slowing down. On...

Nicole Atkins "Good Night Rhonda Lee"

One of the joys of checking out a new Nicole Atkins record is guessing what musical direction she might take. You can count on the quality of the project because the woman is consistently strong. She...

Fleet Foxes - Crack Up

If you’ve found that you’re needing to turn inward and focus on your own contentment and happiness, the latest from Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes is the album for you. Released five years after...

Future Islands "The Far Field"

The Far Field is the Maryland-based band's fifth album.According to the band's record label, "Across The Far Field’s twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road, Future Islands...

Old 97s "Graveyard Whistling"

Old 97s have been churning out great albums that straddle the rail between country and rock for twenty-five years. Too twangy for the rockers but too edgy for Nashville, the band’s grasp on...

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...

Lee Fields & The Expressions "Special Night"

If you want to make a great soul record, you need a few specific elements. You need a charismatic singer to spin tales of love and loss, empowerment and redemption. You need great backup singers to...

Son Volt "Notes Of Blue"

Jay Farrar has been the leader of the Alternative Country act Son Volt for over 20 years.  Since the well know split of Uncle Tupelo in 1994, Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco and Jay Farrar formed Son...

Elbow "Little Fictions"

New love opens up the possibilities of the world, restoring faith in oneself and the future. Old love offers consistency and a sense of self. Both forms of love pulse in the beating heart of Little...

Bear's Den "Red Earth & Pouring Rain"

Among the wave of indie-folk artists who have emerged from the U.K. in the past five years is Bear’s Den. The trio won easy comparison to Mumford and Sons, a band they often toured with and called...

Bob Weir "Blue Mountain"

As he approaches his seventieth year, Bob Weir takes a nostalgic, whimsical trek through his cowpoke youth on the Wyoming range. Working with producer and National band member Josh Kaufman, and...

Blind Pilot "And Then Like Lions"

In the five years since Blind Pilot’s last album, singer/songwriter Israel Nebeker suffered the loss of his father and the collapse of a 13-year relationship. He spins these experiences into...

Norah Jones "Day Breaks"

Following forays into country and pop, Norah Jones returns to her unique brand of slinky, sensual jazz with piano as her main instrument. Jones wrote the majority of songs either solo or with...

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