Album of the Week

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Beck "Morning Phase"

Musical chameleon Beck explores loss in the past tense on a lush acoustic album.Beck’s 12th album opens with a line of somber violins that grow in intensity then ebb as acoustic guitar takes the...

Sam Roberts "Lo-Fantasy"

Canadian rockers add a new layer of sheen to it's melodic signature rock.The Sam Roberts Band is lauded as a great arena rock band in their native Canada, but on their latest release the band shoots...

Broken Bells "After the Disco"

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...

Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen latest album High Hopes is a collection of unreleased material and new versions of previously released songs from The Boss's deep catalogue. Some of the tracks are very familiar to...

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "Give The People What They Want"

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings return with a triumphant new release that highlights the best of old school soul.Sharon Jones’story has been one of fighting against the odd, dating back to the 1970s...

Joe Grushecky "East of Eden"

Pittsburgh's reigning king of rock offers up a new batch of songs mixed with a few chestnuts.Why do we Pittsburghers love Joe Grushecky the way we do? He’s a great songwriter, singer and guitarist,...

Tedeschi Trucks Band "Made Up Mind"

Think of The Tedeschi Trucks Band and the first things that come to mind are Derek Truck’s sizzling guitar work and his wife’s blazing vocals. The Tedeschi Truck’s are not a couple to hold back. Made...

KT Tunstall "Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon"

KT Tunstall strips away the pop to create a masterpiece of subtle melodies and intricate arrangementsKT Tunstall’s new album is a reflective, sometimes somber, but ultimately beautiful and mature...

Iron and Wine "Ghost on Ghost"

Iron and Wine offers a mellow mix of soulful rock interspersed with thoughtful introspection. One of the best of the year! Sam Beam has come a long way since his early stark, bedroom recordings...

Brett Dennen "Smoke and Mirrors"

A change in environment sparks a change in sound for California native, Brett DennenBrett Dennen recently moved to an isolated patch of land in the Northern California mountains. And all of the laid-...

The Head and the Heart "Let's Be Still"

Virginia and California songwriters take their musical vision to Seattle, mixing folk roots with indie-pop. The Head and The Heart’s debut propelled the Seattle band to two years of non-stop touring...

Arcade Fire "Reflektor"

Arcade Fire changes direction with a danceable album that matches rock and funk influences from the 1970s with a new interest in global music.When the Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire won the...

Paul McCartney, "New"

Over the past couple of decades while his detractors have been dismissing McCartney as the "Silly Love Songs" peddler of sappy pop, the ex-Beatle has been building up a terrific "oeuvre" of late-...

Avett Brothers - Magpie & The Dandelion

Dr. Dog "The B-Room"

Blitzen Trapper "VII"

 Blitzen Trapper brew up a mix of funky appalachian rock with lots of hunting metaphors.If funk grooves and country twang decided to have a throw-down, each tearing across an open field to...

Elvis Costello & The Roots "Wise Up Ghost

Summer is over.  I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Sweater Season made its grand arrival this weekend.  The time for feel-good, cheery pop songs and page-turning beach novels is...

Jack Johnson "From Here To Now To You"

Jack Johnson's latest is a valentine to his happy family life.Jack Johnson is both a happy and very private guy. He’s been with his high school sweetheart for twenty years and is father to three...

Mayer Hawthorne "Where Does This Door Go?"

Neo-soul singer, Mayer Hawthorne, has a great sense of humor about himself and he delivers the goods smoothly on his latest album, Where Does This Door Go? The record opens with a titillating make-...

Neko Case "The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight The More I Love You"

Neko Case offers a brutally aggressive examination of loss and depressionEveryone experiences traumas that tilt your axis, throwing your personal orbit off kilter - divorce, death, the loss of a job...

Laura Veirs "Warp and Weft"

 Laura Veirs balances the joys and concerns of motherhood while expanding her musical palate.Laura Veirs’ last three albums represent an arch in parenthood. 2010’s July Flame used summer as a...

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion "Wassaic Way"

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion team with members of Wilco to tread a broader musical path.Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion have been honing their combined sound through several records. Their...

Michael Franti and Spearhead "All People

Michael Franti collaborates with new partners for a joyous celebration of lifeMichael Franti’s career is a study in evolution, beginning with his recordings as a member of the punk band The Beatnigs...

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Self-titled

A new summer of love dawns thanks to Edward Sharpes' jangling folk-rock, and love and peace messages.You would be forgiven if you mistook the self-titled album from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic...

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