Album of the Week

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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...

All Rebel Rockers

Michael Franti is a man of seemingly opposing characteristics; he is passionately political and he’s relentlessly optimistic. His lyrics confront all manner of social ills while his music can only be...

Pass It Around

Whoa! The 1970’s have come roaring back in a big way via Donavon Frankenreiter’s suspiciously titled Pass It Around. The album is full of laid-back soul grooves and vibes that might be found in the...

Conor Oberst

Why is Conor Oberst so restless? What is he searching for? On his last album with Bright Eyes we found him spending time at Cassadaga, a spiritualist camp in Florida, attempting to step beyond...

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes’ label refers to the band’s style as “baroque harmonic pop.” The first sound heard on their debut release are voices rising up to sing about a red squirrel. Acoustic guitar, organ and...

All I Intended To Be

At this stage in her illustrious 4 decade long career Emmylou Harris’ choice of title for her new album is a telling one. All That I Intended To Be could be a summation of her success but when you...

Modern Guilt

Efficiency seems to be central to the new album from Beck Hansen and co-producer Brian Burton, aka, Danger Mouse. Rushing by at just under 34 minutes, these 10 songs sum up a good deal of Beck’s...

The Hard Way

James Hunter is the British retro-R...

Stay Positive

The thing about The Hold Steady is that it’s all about the characters. It’s about the people who populate these songs and the facts of their behavior, never mind the motivation. It’s about the sound...

I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings too

If Martha Wainwright felt any trepidation about following up her critically acclaimed debut she certainly doesn’t display it on her sophomore release. The provocatively titled I Know You’re Married...

Smilers

Here she comes, the eternally smiling glad-hander, you know the one who always says something positive but leaves you wondering what she really wants. Not far behind you’ll find the yes man who never...

Viva La Vida

It’s a conundrum. Coldplay has become one of the world’s most successful rock acts of the past decade amassing album sales of more than 32.5 million thanks to a tried and true formula that melds...

Blame It On Gravity

I have a theory. Somewhere in a nameless Dallas honky-tonk hangs a portrait of Rhett Miller. The image is clearly that of The Old 97’s lead singer but the hair is graying, the face has wrinkled, a...

Verve//Remixed 4

Perhaps the greatest gift one generation can offer another is a record of what it has learned, what it has accomplished and what really mattered at the end of the day. Over the years humanity has...

Same Old Man

The album opens with a growling bass guitar knocking around the echoing studio like an old man dragging around in his morning kitchen in search of coffee filters. A drum rattles and bangs like a...

Shotgun Singer

Shotgun Singer began as an act of solitary creation. Holed up in a rural cabin with minimal recording gear and a houseful of instruments, Delmhorst recorded her new songs alone, in layers of intimate...

Volume One

She...

Keep It Simple

What was Van Morrison referring to when he chose the title for his new release Keep It Simple? It certainly wasn’t stripped down arrangements; mind you Keep It Simple is filled with beautifully...

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