Album of the Week

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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...

Delta Spirit "Into the Wide"

California hasn’t been just home to Delta Spirit, it’s been the inspiration for their first three albums. Into The Wide, written while the band transitioned to living on the East Coast, provided new...

Hozier, Hozier

The Irish have an amazing capacity for musical intensity. Even the quiet ballads transmit a sense of drama and passion that threatens to erupt at any moment. We’ve seen this in the work of Van...

Tweedy, Sukierae

Is it a Jeff Tweedy solo album? Not quite. It's a side project the Wilco frontman recorded with his 18 year-old son Spencer on drums. The double album is a little sonically spare by Wilco standards,...

Robert Plant "lullaby...And The Ceaseless Roar"

Having firmly establishing himself in the Americana arena, Robert Plant does an about face. lullaby and …The Ceaseless Roar explores Plant’s musical wanderlust but turns introspective...

U2, Songs of Innocence

At the start of their career, U2 released an album every year. Then their output slipped to every 3 or 4 years. During the past decade, they've only put out an album every 5 years. Bono has spoken...

Ryan Adams "Ryan Adams"

After a three year break Ryan Adam delivers a stellar guitar-driven album.You are forgiven if you come to the assumption that Ryan Adams is dealing with another rough patch in his life. The first...

The New Pornographers "Brill Bruiser"

The super septet creates a barrage of high energy pop influenced by E.L.O. and Tangerine Dream.A.C. Newman again leads his charges into battle against the doldrums of modern pop music, laying out a...

Temples "Sun Structures"

An emerging British quartet emulate the best elements of psychedlic pop/rockBoth Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis) have heralded Temples as one of Britain’s best new bands. After...

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