Album of the Week

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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...

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,...

Ryan Bingham "Fear and Saturday Night"

Ryan Bingham has seen the best and worst the world has to offer. He doesn’t have to fake it when he writes about tough times and hard losses. He’s experienced the deaths of his parents, one to...

Donora "Ha Ha Heart

Sunny pop/rock music and a sense of family helps define Ha Ha Heart It’s ironic that a band that makes outrageously sunny pop music should name itself after a town made infamous by a deadly smog...

The Decemberists "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World"

For fans of The Decemberists the past four years have been a test of patience.  The quintet went on hiatus with frontman Colin Meloy teaming with his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis, on the...

Ben Howard " I Forgot Where We Were"

In 2011British singer/songwriter Ben Howard signed to Island Records, the same label that had signed U.K. folk legends John Martyn and Nick Drake. It was an appropriate choice considering that Howard...

Field Report "Marigolden"

If winter is a time for introspection and isolation, then Marigolden is a perfect companion for short days and lonesome nights. It’s the latest release from the Milwaukee-based band Field Report...

Spoon "They Want My Soul"

Rosanne Cash "The River & The Thread"

Rosanne Cash journeys through the American south in search of her familial and musical rootsIt’s amazing how heritage plays a role in a life, how a location can be part of who you are even if you’ve...

Phish "Fuego"

Phish “Fuego”This is a Phish album.  It was recorded in a studio.  Those two sentences are enough to drive away longtime Phish fans and casual listeners alike.  Put your notions aside...

Phish "Fuego"

When you drop the needle on Fuego, you may think you’ve put on a long lost Beatle’s album.  Nine minutes later, after being taken on a breathtaking journey of design and influence, the second...

Damien Rice "My Favorite Faded Fantasy"

Eight glorious, contempletive folk opuses comprise Damien Rice's 3rd release.Damien Rice is not a man to be rushed. He’s not a careerist, intent upon gaining and keeping the spotlight. He serves the...

The Barr Brothers "Sleeping Operator"

Sleeping Operators opens with a short, atmospheric instrumental. Harp and banjo, two disparate stringed instruments, play side by side, creating a central harmony.  It’s indicative of the...

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