Album of the Week

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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...

Golden Delicious

During his days with Soul Coughing it was easy to overlook Mike Doughty’s talent as a songwriter. The band’s idiosyncratic sound overpowered his clever turns of phrase and skewed world perspectives;...

Watershed

It’s the voice. There is no other like it in recent history although there have been comparisons to Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline. Still this voice is singular, agile, magnificent and when given the...

Jukebox

The audacity of interpretation! Taking songs that are identified with legendary singers and turning them on their heads takes a lot of guts. It also helps to have the talent - and respect for the...

Sleep Through the Static

The first time I listened to Jack Johnson’ new record, Sleep Through the Static, I was on the treadmill. I began to wonder if I was running in sand; my pace slackened as a languid smile slid across...

Rain

Back in the day Joe Jackson, Graham Maby and Dave Houghton were young princes of the New Wave scene, resplendent in straight-legged pants, skinny ties, shiny suit jackets and pork-pie hats. New Wave...

Lady's Bridge

It isn’t surprising that Richard Hawley, former member of the Britpop bands The Longpigs and Pulp, would be a contributor to Nancy Sinatra’s 2004 release and accompany her on her 2005 European tour....

Free Life

Dan Wilson is like one of those great character actors you admire; you respect the body of work, you recognize the face but you can never quite remember the name. In this case you would probably...

Nevermind My Blues

Ben Arnold is fine example of a blue-collar Philadelphia singer/songwriter - and I mean that as a compliment. I’m not referring to high society Philadelphia; I’m talking about the gritty urban...

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