Album of the Week

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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...

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,...

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...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Hypnotic Eye"

Spoon "They Want My Soul"

Jenny Lewis "The Voyager"

Jenny Lewis turns personal tragedy and self-examination into shiny pop songs. You’ve heard the adage that claims art is derived from pain; Jenny Lewis’ new album fits the criteria, coming as it...

Old Crow Medicine Show "Remedy"

Old Crow mix up a concoction of old timey and Bluegrass music, with punk rebel attitudeAny album that begins with a song called “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” has a darn good chance of being a...

Morrissey "World Peace is None of Your Business"

Morrissey returns to form with a scalding look at modern society.Morrissey is a special kind of curmudgeon. Instead of just yelling at the kids to get off his lawn (if he’d deign to have one) he’d...

Chrissie Hynde "Stockholm"

During a career that spans parts of five decades Chrissie Hynde has never released a proper solo album. She’s preferred to work within a band format, presenting herself as one of the guys, most...

Ingrid Michaelson "Lights Out"

Hear about Lights Out in Ingrid Michaelson's own words.

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 – especially...

First Aid Kit "Stay Gold"

Klara & Johanna Soderberg 2nd album broadens their musical horizon while offering more personal songs.The worst thing about the Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit is their unfortunate choice of...

Jack White "Lazaretto"

Jack White inspires torrents of adjectives from fans and critics alike; Bizarre, wonderful, derivative, original, idiosyncratic, riveting, annoying, cutting edge. One thing is for sure, he’s...

The Old 97s "Most Messed Up"

The first thing that stands out upon the first listen to Old 97s' new album Most Messed Up is that this is their most raw album when it comes to language. There are 12 tracks on it, and fully half of...

Sarah McLachlan "Shine On"

Conor Oberst "Upside Down Mountain"

Marriage, parenthood, and adulthood, brings a mature sense of reality to the one-time "wonderkid" of indie folk.Conor Oberst emerged on the national music scene when he was still an adolescent, as...

The Black Keys "Turn Blue

The dynamic duo teams with producer Danger Mouse as they dissect a broken heart in psychedelic fashion.Remember when The Black Keys were garage rock’s dynamic duo from the rust belt town of Akron,...

Ray Lamontagne "Supernova"

Ray Lamontagne and Dan Auerbach team up for 10 songs inspired by music of 1960sThe myth of Ray Lamontagne begins with a factory worker waking to his clock radio playing Stephen Stills. The laborer...

The Both "The Both"

It’s not so much that opposites attract as opposites balance each other in the case of The Both, a new collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Mann is renowned for her contemplative ballads and...

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