Album of the Week

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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...

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....

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