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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...

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...

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