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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

Dean Wareham...

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...

These Streets

Paolo Nutini is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter who's been making waves in the U.K. for the better part of the past year, and now with the release of his debut album in the U.S., he's starting the...

Children Running Through

Mike Sauter, WYEP Music Director

Not Too Late

Norah Jones' new album fits more in between her previous two solo albums. While more low key than 2004's Feels Like Home, the new one is much less jazz-pop that her smash debut, Come Away With Me,...

Wincing the Night Away

The Shins originated from Albuquerque, NM in the late '90s, and are now based in Portland, OR. On their third album, The Shins continue to produce the catchy, innovative, indie pop for...

State of Grace

The latest from the Holmes Brothers is the group's 8th album since 1990, and once again, they nail a mix of soulful originals and delightful covers with the musical precision that is their...

Sing You Sinners

Erin McKeown's music has often had an old-timey feel, like she's performing songs from the glory days of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley songwriters. But her newest CD, Sing You Sinners, marks...

Death Songs for the Living

Jay Farrar, frontman for the band Son Volt, got together with a friend in 2004 named Anders Parker (himself leader of an alt-country band, Varnaline). Instead of music destined for a future Son...

American Myth

Jackie Greene' sophomore release is quite different from his debut according to the artist. Sweet Somewhere Bound was a solo effort and the songs reflected that in both spirit and arrangement...

The Life Pursuit

The Scottish group has always been known for their quirky pop sensibilities, and the new album is a fine example of their style. Belle & Sebastian's approach amounts to a compendium of pop-...

Hope and Desire

The fourth studio album from the Boston blues singer and musician is a very different record for her. Not only did she not write any material of her own, but she also doesn't play any guitar on it....

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

The fifth album by alt-country singer/songwriter Neko Case is a beautiful set of songs. Case is back with the first studio set in four years of her hallmark sound, her Patsy Cline-inspired alt-...

How We Operate

The U.K. band Gomez is back with their fifth studio album, and the first for a new record label. After recording for Virgin Records since their debut, they moved over to Dave Matthews' ATO Records....

The Road to Escondido

Two years ago, Eric Clapton sought out J.J. Cale to produce a record, and so Clapton made the trek down towards Escondido in Southern California (near where Cale lives these days), to work on the...

Mind How You Go

The former vocalist for the group Morcheeba, the London born Skye Edwards, has her first solo album out. After Morcheeba's fourth album came out in 2002, the group decided to go on a hiatus, so...

Live a Little

The fifth studio album from the Massachusetts band continues their tradition of memorable pop/rock music with offbeat lyrics and terrific melodies. Joe Pernice used to be in '90s alt-country...

Colorblind

Colorblind, the third album from New Jersey pedal steel guitar wiz Robert Randolph & The Family Band, is more of a slickly produced album than either his raw live debut, Live at the Wetlands, or...

Long Night Moon

Mike Sauter, WYEP Music Director

Half the Perfect World

Peyroux' new album arrived a distinctive treat for her fans, especially in terms of their endurance. While they endured an eight year hiatus between her first and second releases, her latest comes...

The Crane Wife

The fourth album from the Portland, Oregon, band is not only their finest so far, but it will likely serve as their breakthrough into the mainstream. Reaching creatively for something different, the...

The Information

The ninth album by Beck is, in some ways, of a piece with his last album Guero. Both records reunite Beck with producers of previous records; last time it was The Dust Brothers who rejoined the world...

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