Album of the Week

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Versatile Heart

Whoever said you have to die to get to heaven hasn’t listened to Linda Thompson’s new release. Although that might sound like hyperbole I’m willing to stand by my bombastic declaration of love for...

A Year in the Wilderness

Last year when John Doe released Tomorrow Hasn’t Happened Yet many critics called it the best solo work of his career. Indeed it was a grand collection of thoughtful ballads and smarting rockers. How...

Chinese Boxes

Enter the journeywoman. She's written or co-written songs for a veritable who's who of country music including The Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Suzy Bogguss, Radney Foster, Lorrie...

Time on Earth

Wow, what did Mrs. Finn eat while her sons were in vitro? Inquiring pop music lovers want to know. Must have been sweet but also substantial, something that one can enjoy growing on. Both Neil and...

Beauty & Crime

Suzanne Vega is so “New York” that its surprising to remember that she was born in Santa Monica, California. Vega’s early work painted portraits of young bohemian street musicians and artists in the...

The Reminder

Subtlety is a powerful tool in the hands of an artist who appreciates thoughtful understatement and the beauty of open space. Leslie Feist, after an early career of creating music so loud that it...

Easy Tiger

When a North Carolina boy, raised by his Mama and Grandma, is encouraged to read Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath and Jack Kerouac at a formative age, and listens to the music of Loretta Lynn and Johnny...

Memory Almost Full

Imagine the burden of being identified as a living music icon, a legendary figure of near mythical proportions. Everything you do is analyzed by thousands of critics who revere your early career and...

We Belong to the Staggering Evening

A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell's career has been unconventional, challenging and, ultimately, rewarding for her legion of fans. Her debut release consisted of smartly crafted songs grounded in the traditions of...

Sweet Warrior

Love is a battlefield, so the song says, and the ground is consecrated with the blood of lost affairs and decimated hearts. Witness one of the most decorated of veterans revisiting the sight of his...

The Conch

Emotionalism

Let's begin with a list of artists that the Avett Brothers have been compared to: Buddy Holly, Bill Monroe, The Beatles, The Band, Nirvana, The Violent Femmes, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, The...

Sky Blue Sky

Over the years the band Wilco has managed to defy being categorized thanks to their choice of musical paths. They've zig-zagged between alt-country, contemporary folk, psychedelic, experimental, and...

We'll Never Turn Back

Sometimes when the right producer hooks up with the perfect artist musical magic is the result. When Brian Eno teamed up with the Talking Heads for Remain in Light he forever changed our perception...

American Doll Posse

During her career Tori Amos has played with the concept of personas before but never to the extent that she does on American Doll Posse. The 23 songs on the release are written by five distinct...

Live & Direct 8

Back to Black

UK singer Amy Winehouse is a 24 year-old singer and songwriter who grew up in a London suburb in a family with a history of jazz musicians. Her debut album was released in 2003, and garnered favorite...

Cassadaga

2005 was a productive year for Connor Oberst, frontman for the band Bright Eyes. He simultaneously released Digital Ash In A Digital Urn and I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. After taking a year off...

Traffic and Weather

The New York band's first album of new material since their 2003 breakthrough Welcome Interstate Managers is a worthy follow-up. Keeping intact their penchant for mixing catchy guitar pop, clever...

Armchair Apocrypha

Armchair Apocrypha is your entry into the extraordinary and eccentric world of a classically trained and most unconventional musician. Andrew Bird learned violin through the Suzuki method at age 4....

The Search

The Search marks the second album since band leader Jay Farrar reorganized Son Volt with all new musicians, and the group's 5th album overall. The new album is chock full of the sounds that's dusty...

Back Numbers

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West

The latest album from Lucinda Williams is an alternately stark and raging disc, featuring deeply personal songwriting and Lucinda's unique narrative voice. Working to come to terms with her mother's...

Push Comes to Shove

Blues mainstay John Hammond has earned his respect honestly over the course of more than 30 albums and now 45 years of a recording career. He certainly doesn't need to pander to a younger crowd to...

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