Album of the Week

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Frightened Rabbit "Painting Of A Panic Attack"

Don’t put on a record from Frightened Rabbit if you’re looking to celebrate a good time.  However, if wallowing and catharsis are more your style, Painting of a Panic Attack is a great place to...

The Lumineers "Cleopatra"

As if to prove that indie-folk/rock is in the midst of a huge resurgence (think Mumford & Sons) The Lumineers’ sophomore album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and the U.K. album charts....

Andrew Bird "Are You Serious"

Have you ever wondered how introverts deal with becoming successful musicians, particularly those who write their own lyrics? Andrew Bird has handled this juxtaposition by writing coded lyrics that...

Charles Bradley "Changes"

Charles Bradley has faced numerous challenges in his life, beginning with abandonment by his mother at eight months old, to losing a brother to murder. He’s lived a migratory existence that has taken...

Various Artists "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson"

Blind Willie Johnson bridged the gap between secular and spiritual music. The itinerant preacher and street musician pulled equally from the blues and gospel, creating a unique perspective on the...

Lissie "My Wild West"

Sometimes even the most promising relationships collapse in on themselves, leaving behind broken promises and faded dreams. The only healthy choice one has is to pick yourself up and redirect your...

Lucius "Good Grief"

Wow! Sophomore releases are supposed to be hurdles for emerging bands to clear, full of fumbles, strike outs, and missed shots. Apparently no one told Lucius this because they’ve come up with a slam...

Pete Yorn "Arranging Time"

In 2001 New Jersey native Pete Yorn debut album, Musicforthemorningafter, received critical and commercial success, thus setting expectations high.  In the following decade he released five more...

Bonnie Raitt "Dig in Deep"

When Bonnie Raitt heads into the studio to record a new album there are several things you can always count on. 1) She will be surrounded by incredibly skilled and experienced musicians, 2) the...

Ra Ra Riot "Need Your Light"

Sometimes it’s hard for a band to settle on a sound, or maybe they don’t feel the need to settle into one easily defined musical identity. Ra Ra Riot began as a house party band, playing around the...

Mavis Staples "Livin' On a High Note

It’s often the case that singers are inspired by a song. In the case of Mavis Staples’ latest album it is the singer who inspires the music. A select group of musicians were offered the opportunity...

The James Hunter Six "Hold On!"

James Hunter is a romantic. That’s obvious from the moment you hear the first song from his new album. Hold On features ten songs about the many stages of love, from its initial budding, to long term...

Dr. Dog "Psychedelic Swamp"

For fifteen years Dr. Dog has built a reputation as a band that lays down loosey-goosey, lo-fi party tracks.  As the band progressed their lyrics grew a little deeper and their music more...

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...

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...

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...

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