Album of the Week

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The Weepies "Sirens"

Deb Talan and Steve Tannen turn a health crisis into an album of pristine folk-pop.Deb Talan and Steve Tannen built a thriving music career by joining forces in the early 2000s as The Weepies. In...

Best Coast "California Nights"

Best Coast delivers a perfect summertime rock albumThe career arc of the duo Best Coast is an example of musical maturation. In 2010 Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno released Crazy For You on the...

Mumford and Sons "Wilder Mind"

Mumford & Sons jettison acoustic arrangements for arena rock productionThere’s no point in denying evolution, the evidence is there in every song. Banjo, double bass, mandolin, Dobro, and...

Alabama Shakes "Sound and Color"

Alabama Shakes gel as a band and expand their musical palate on their sophomore release.When I discover a promising new band, one that catches fire and excites the imagination with its debut release...

Dawes "All Your Favorite Bands"

Dawes blends songwriter aesthetics with an expanded rock sound.  The secret to the success of Dawes isn’t rocket science. There isn’t any complex formula’s to figure out. Their songs are...

Leon Bridges "Coming Home"

Your introduction to Leon Bridges’ debut release is as immediate and real as any hello can be. The opening track “Coming Home” was recorded live to tape in one take. No over-dubs or frills, no...

Jason Isbell "Something More Than Free"

Jason Isbell creates literate, thought-provoking songs on sobriety and maturity.Maturity is underrated. The process of obtaining it can be brutal, but in the long run it’s well worth it. And settling...

Florence and the Machine "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Florence Welch spins thistles of turmoil into a quilt of golden bombastic pop songs. What does turmoil sound like? It’s big, and blue, and beautiful when translated by Florence Welch. Following...

Richard Thompson "Still"

A sage bard teams with producer Jeff Tweedy on a dozen witty, brilliantly executed songs.Richard Thompson opens his sixteenth solo album with a pensive ballad that captures one aspect of his...

Kopecky "Drug of the Modern Age"

Kopecky shortens its name and boosts its sound on its pop-oriented sophomore release.If time travel were possible I could slip Kopecky’s Drug of the Modern Age onto a 1986 playlist and no one would...

Martin Sexton "Mixtape of the Open Road"

Martin Sexton returns with an album that recreates the art of mixtapes.For more than two decades Martin Sexton has been making great folk albums that occasionally strayed into light rock and blues....

Blur "The Magic Whip"

 Britpop is dead. This statement isn’t breaking news, as the majority of the artists of the mid-90’s movement (Oasis, Pulp, The Verve, Suede, etc) have all been dormant for at least a few...

Ivan & Alyosha "It's All Just Pretend"

Rock, pop, and roots merge to create an introspective look at relationships in a fast moving world.Indie folk may have been the springboard for Ivan & Alyosha’s debut album, but their sophomore...

Lord Huron "Strange Trails"

Atmospheric melodies and production, paired with detailed storytelling make for a pulp-fiction inspired album.Lonesome Dreams, the debut album from Lord Huron, introduced a moody, atmospheric sound...

My Morning Jacket "The Waterfall"

Big life transitions inspire new musical directions for My Morning Jacket.Jim James, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for My Morning Jacket, has been playing at the edges of mysticism and...

Courtney Barnett "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit"

An impressive debut from an Australian songwriter who is never at a loss for words.Courtney Barnett never seems to be at a loss for words. Even when life presents complicated situations she’s able to...

Various Artists "WYEP Live & Direct: Volume 17

20 songs from some of WYEP's best Live & Direct Session on one disc.Live studio sessions have long been an integral part of WYEP’s programming. In 1974the station welcomed its first guest, Jesse...

Death Cab For Cutie "Kintsugi"

“Kintsugi” is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a mixture that includes gold, silver, or platinum. This process not only adds value to the broken object, it treats the flaw as an...

J.D. McPherson "Let the Good Times Roll"

McPherson's superb sophomore album builds on his unique brand of rock & roll. J.D. McPherson’s 2010 debut album Signs and Signifiers wore its 1950s-era rock and blues influences on its...

Brandi Carlile "The Firewatcher's Daughter"

Brandi Carlile and twin brothers Tim & Phil Henseroth create a roots record that highlights familial love.Three is less a crowd and more a charm when it comes to the new album from Brandi Carlile...

Father John Misty "I Love You, Honeybear"

Father John Misty is madly in love with his new bride and you're invited to the party.“Love is the drug” so says the song, and so it goes the new album from Josh Tillman, aka, Father John Misty. I...

Belle & Sebastian "Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance"

The Scottish purveyors of sublime indie-pop rev-up their sound with dance beats and synthesizers.The Glasgow based music collective Belle & Sebastian bring a slightly new sound to their 9th...

The Mavericks "Mono"

The Mavericks’ music is full of drama, energy, and romantic themes. These superb musicians defy genre, preferring to follow their muse as she leads them through an array of styles. They’re veterans...

The Lone Bellow "Then Came the Morning"

The Lone Bellow create beautiful paeans to loneliness that border on transcendence.You’d be hard pressed to find a band more aptly named than The Lone Bellow. The conjoined voices of Zach Williams,...

Rhiannon Giddens "Tomorrow is My Turn"

Rhiannon Giddens magnificent voice transcends genre on her solo debut.Rhiannon Giddens stands on the precipice of super-stardom. She possesses a voice that can interpret folk, gospel, soul, blues,...

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