Album of the Week

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No Line On the Horizon

Back in 2006, when Bono and the rest of U2 were set to record with Rick Rubin at Abbey Road Studios, the Irish singer suggested a new direction for the band was in the offing. "We're gonna continue...

Lucky One

It’s hard to believe that, up to now, Raul Malo hasn’t released an album of original material since his 2001 solo debut. He’s kept himself busy recording a live album, a Christmas collection, and two...

Never Going Back

Johnny Clyde Copeland’s little girl isn’t a girl anymore. Proclaimed as the future queen of blues while still a teenager, she’s matured into a women and a polished professional who is poised to move...

Working On A Dream

Noble Beast

Think of the noble beast in its natural environment, grazing, amazing in its very being. Without saying a word it communicates its nature through the swing of the tail, a snort, a primeval wisdom...

Already Free

After a decade of touring and with five albums to their credit The Derek Trucks Band decided it was time to get back home and reconnect to the influences that gave birth to the band. During a rare...

Acid Tongue

This is the second solo album from Lewis, the former child actress and current member of the band Rilo Kiley. While her last solo record, Rabbit Fur Coat, had more of a folk rock feel to it, this...

Donora

Donora is an outstanding member of the local music scene in Pittsburgh. The indie-pop trio has just released their self-titled debut album. The band, made up of brother and sister Jake and Casey...

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

As a pair David Byrne and Brian Eno began challenging conventional concepts of rock music with the 1978 Talking Heads album More Songs About Buildings and Food. Eno produced 2 more albums for the...

In Rainbows

There’s never been anything “business as usual” about Radiohead. Beginning with their first release and continuing through their musical evolution they’ve challenged the notions of what a rock band...

Asking for Flowers

It’s a rare writer who is able to convey the swirling complexities of human emotions in direct and uncluttered language. It’s an even greater challenge to express the hopes, dreams and fears of...

Narrow Stairs

Benjamin Gibbard is an intense guy whose philosophy of life is couched in the knowledge that all of this wonderful confusion will soon enough be silenced by the unerring aim of death. But before we...

Evil Urges

The moniker “jam-band” carries with it expectations of a brand of music exemplified by the San Francisco groove of The Grateful Dead and other great rockers of the 1960s and ‘70s. Louisville’s My...

100 Days 100 Nights

Once upon a time, not so terribly long ago, record labels used to have house bands. These musicians were professionals who would be called upon to back up whatever singer the studio was promoting....

Perfect Symmetry

Perfect Symmetry is both an apt yet ironic title for the 3rd release from the British pop trio, Keane. The precision that envelopes these songs is reminiscent of those glossy techno hits of the 1980’...

Cardinology

Ryan Adams lives and breathes music; that much is clear based on his prodigious output. In 2005 he released 3 albums with his band The Cardinals but recently Adams has slowed down. He’s been going...

Back To The River

Imagine being raised in and around Boston Massachusetts, attending Catholic church but identifying more strongly with what’s happening down the street in the Baptist congregation. For a singer like...

Carried To Dust

When I reminisce about visiting Tucson, Arizona I think of dry deserts with huge boney trees, amazing blue skies that sear pavement, novelty shops with "Day of The Dead" paraphernalia, a mix of...

Little Honey

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about why Lucinda Williams’ music affects listeners on such a visceral level. Both women and men find something immediate and real in her songs. The calls I get...

Gossip in the Grain

Ray LaMontagne continues to spread his wings in his new release Gossip in the Grain, incorporating new styles to his usual sound. This album even provides a series of lighter lyrics, a departure from...

Break Up The Concrete

Chrissie Hynde may be breaking up the concrete metaphorically (possibly literally) but she isn’t out to break new ground musically. After living in London for several decades the snarling queen of...

Promised Land

It’s easy to take Dar Williams’ songwriting ability for granted, to simply assume that her songs arrive effortlessly, all shiny and refreshingly smart. That would not be giving the woman her due...

Skin Deep

The connection between classic rock and the blues is never clearer than on a Buddy Guy record. From the opening notes of Skin Deep the marriage of the two is a blatant as a blushing bride and groom...

Little Wild One

Ever wonder how someone from a rural background but who migrates to extreme urban life balances out the culture shock? The first song on Joan Osborne’s Little Wild One hints at how she transitioned...

Live & Direct, Vol. 10

Live performance offers the opportunity to hear an artist stripped bare of studio trappings, leaving the essential ingredients intact. What you get is the song, the emotion, the vulnerability of the...

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