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Case/lang/Veirs

When kd lang got the idea to put together a super-group in the mode of The Traveling Wilburys, two names came immediately to mind. Neko Case and Laura Veirs, like lang, are independently minded...

Band of Horses "Why Are You Okay?"

Ben Bridwell may have been looking for a new direction for his band, a shift he began with Band of Horses’ 2012 release Mirage Rock. That album was a tentative move away from alt-country-leaning...

Avett Brothers "True Sadness"

With the release of their 9th full-length studio album the Avett Brothers focus more on depth than expanding their range of genres. That’s not to say the boys are standing pat. True Sadness...

Radiohead "A Moon Shaped Pool"

Radiohead close their latest album with the song, “True Love Waits”, perhaps as a cheeky wink to the band’s hordes of diehard fans.  Patience is certainly a virtue for Radiohead fans,...

The Jayhawks "Paging Mr. Proust"

The Jayhawks have been one of the reigning bands of alt-country beginning with their eponymous 1986 debut. Over the course of thirty years they’ve expanded their influences, often working in more...

Beth Orton "Kidsticks"

At the advent of her career in the 1990s Beth Orton’s music explored the space between heaven and earth, marrying spacey electronic production to folk traditions that emanate from the British Isles....

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals "Call It What It Is"

In the past decade Ben Harper has worked with a variety of musicians. The Relentless 7 brought out a harder-edge to the laid-back musician on White Lies Dark Times. He got in touch with his spiritual...

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...

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