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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...

Detours

The opening track is recorded in low-fi, an acoustic guitar and a single plaintive female voice sincerely expressing hope for a messed up world. Is this Dar Williams singing about our post 9/11...

WYEP Live & Direct Volume 9

When musicians stop by the WYEP Community Broadcast Center to perform live on the air, something special happens. Occasionally, the results are magical. In rare instances, it's a disaster. Always,...

Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings

Adam Duritz has traversed the convoluted expanse between ying and yang many times since the release of Counting Crows’ 1994 debut August and Everything After. To be specific, Adam Duritz has explored...

Accelerate

Ask a hard core R.E.M. fan about the band’s last decade of recordings and you hear mixed reviews and a sense of disappointment. When the band’s drummer Bill Berry left the band in 1997 you would...

Vagabonds

Gary Louris has paved a career path that finds him moving from the fast lane of rock to the slower lanes of folk. The dividing line is the ever present sense of country blues that permeates his...

A Mad & Faithful Telling

Devotchka is nothing if not contradictory – and they are much more than that. The Denver-based quartet is complex, quirky, and immensely entertaining. Their music is a unique amalgamation of old and...

Giving Up the Ghost

Giving Up the Ghost is Jackie Greene's 4th album, and the California singer/songwriter continues to expand his musical horizons while still delivering his keen penchant for catchy melodies and smart...

Working Man's Cafe

Ray Davies has mixed emotions about the U.S. and globalization. Well, maybe his feelings aren’t so mixed; he makes it pretty clear that he’s unhappy about the tentacles of cultural imperialism...

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