Album of the Week

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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...

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...

Tedeschi Trucks Band "Let Me Get By"

An exceptional third album features a band that has coelesced into a precise and emotive unit.Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are stars in their own right, both having released album’s separate of...

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell "So Familiar"

In 2013 Edie Brickell and Steve Martin won a Grammy Award for their album Love Has Come for You. It seemed an unlikely pairing, the legendary comic, actor, author, and banjo aficionado, and the laid-...

G. Love & Special Sauce "Love Saves the Day"

G. Love & Special Sauce team up with guest artist for raucous high-energy fun Garrett Dutton, aka G. Love, has never been an easy artist to categorize. His music pulls from blues, rock, hip-...

Coldplay "A Headful of Dreams"

At the advent of their career, Coldplay was heralded as an earnest alternative rock band, thanks to the merits of Parachutes in 2000. Fifteen years later the band has released its seventh and...

Adele "25"

Adele is the ubiquitous agent that connects everyone, everywhere. Okay, maybe that’s going overboard, but only a bit. Ms. Adkins is the biggest singing star in the world thanks to her universal...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

City & Colour "If I Should Go Before You"

Canadian songwriter Dallas Green has a propensity for writing beautiful love songs edged in dark themes. If I Should Go Before You sparkles with lush pop production and swirling eddies of psychedelia...

Glen Hansard "Didn't He Ramble"

When one hits 'play' on a Glen Hansard solo album, one expects to hear the passionate, soul-baring intensity of so many Irish singer/songwriters. And, if so, you'll be quite satisfied with Hansard's...

Blitzen Trapper "All Across This Land"

Over its 12 year history, Blitzen Trapper has produced eight albums. Some have been lo-fi affairs that ring with raw energy, roots rock, and narrative tales of desperate characters. Other, more...

Kacey Musgraves "Pagaent Material"

Kacey Musgraves writes the way the old-time country artist used to—with lots of unsavory behavior hiding behind cheeky, self-deprecating humor and hysterically funny double-entendres. Her lady...

The Arcs "Yours, Dreamily"

Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach has multiple musical personalities that assert themselves through a variety of projects. He told Rolling Stone magazine that his latest musical venture, The Arcs,...

Josh Ritter "Sermon on the Rocks"

With a slew of literary and biblical references, and a sly sense of humor, Josh Ritter is turning into a musical version of Mark Twain. Like the bard, his vison can be satirical, entertaining, or...

Los Lobos "Gates of Gold"

Although Louie Perez once referred to their music as “the soundtrack of the barrio” Los Lobos long ago moved beyond the boundaries of East Los Angeles. Their latest album, and first in five years,...

Beirut "No No No"

Wilco "Star Wars"

This album is once again a showcase for the band's wide range of styles and influences from Neil Young to T. Rex to The Beatles and more. On "Random Name Generator," Jeff Tweedy sings "I change my...

Patty Griffin "Servant of Love"

Servant of Love is a different kind of record for Patty Griffin. Elegiac piano, muted trumpet, bowed bass, kalimba, a myriad of guitar, and a smattering of percussion are selectively employed to...

Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold As Love"

Jimi Hendrix only released three studio albums in his lifetime. The second was perhaps the most underappreciated of these, Axis: Bold As Love. Out of those three, it's perhaps the. Instead of the oft...

Kasey Chambers "Bittersweet"

Country singer Kasey Chambers, who has been a prime representative for Southern Australia’s rural music tradition, strikes a balance of exploration and maintaining her core sound on Bittersweet. It...

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