Album of the Week

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The Marcus King Band "The Marcus King Band"

It's a bit startling to realize that the eponymous frontman of this band is a 20-year-old guitar wiz, and even more so when he sings "I've been hurt so many times" in that world-weary voice. Clearly...

Regina Spektor "Remember Us to Life"

Regina Spektor has never fit an easy definition of pop diva. Like Kate Bush or Tori Amos, she’s followed a muse that leads her down roads less traveled. At times it seems she’d taken flight, to...

Bon Iver "22, A Million"

If you’ve never had the experience of crawling into someone’s head, to sit in a far corner of their cortex and quietly observe - your chance has arrived. 22, A Million is part conceptual art, part...

The Head & the Heart "Signs of Light"

The Seattle six-piece finally had some time to reflect after 4 years of non-stop touring. They’ve grown and expanded on their intimate indie-folk sound, also in their overall appeal on their 3rd...

Wilco "Schmilco"

The band's 10th studio album is an about-face from the raucousness of last year's release, Star Wars. They've largely put away their rock-star electrics and pulled out their acoustic guitars. Despite...

Local Natives "Sunlit Youth"

It’s a challenge keeping a sunny disposition in the current chaotic political and social atmosphere but Local Natives are doing a fine job of dealing. Sunlit Youth shines with silver lining attitude...

Joseph "I'm Alone, No You're Not'

Maybe it’s genetics or perhaps it’s the patterns picked up growing up in the same household, but there’s no denying it – sibling harmonies are magical. The Andrew Sisters, The Everly Brother, and the...

Sara Watkins "Young in All the Wrong Ways"

Sara Watkins has been plying her trade in front of an audience since she was eight years old as a member of the bluegrass unit Nickel Creek. The band gained national attention while she was still a...

William Bell "This Is Where I Live"

If a lifetime of experience can be condensed into a sound William Bell has found the formula. With the oversight of producer and arranger John Leventhal and the support of a group of outstanding...

Mudcrutch "Mudcrutch 2"

When Tom Petty vaulted from Gainsville Florida to Los Angeles he was accompanied by his band Mudcrutch. After five unsuccessful years of hawking its hill-billy garage-rock, Petty broke from the band...

Michael Franti & Spearhead "Soulrocker"

Michael Franti has a template for creating great albums. Its equal parts joyful melodies, beat-heavy rhythms, and lyrics packed with messages of love, peace, and social consciousness. Never too heavy...

The Record Company, "Give It Back To You"

The trio from Los Angeles describes their music simply as "raw, sincere rock n' roll," and their style owes as much to garage- and punk-rock as it does to John Lee Hooker.

Paul Simon "Stranger to Stranger"

One of the great challenges of a veteran musician is the art of keeping one’s work fresh and relevant. Paul Simon, who published his first song at age fourteen, has been active for sixty years. He’s...

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...

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