Album of the Week

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Funnel Cloud

The third studio album from the New York group Hem continues their string of fine releases. The band is based around the core quartet of vocalist Sally Ellyson, pianist Dan Messé, and guitarists Gary...

Modern Times

Bob Dylan's thirty-first studio album, and his first disc in five years, is a fine collection of songs from the man who is rock music's benchmark name in songwriting. Using timeless song structures...

Talk to La Bomb

The second album from the New York quartet is a strong, confident release, packed with the sultry sexy sound the group established on their debut last year and taking it a step further in multiple...

Air Stereo

The second album by the Brooklyn-based rock quartet The Damnwells is another collection of enjoyable songs and engaging personality. The band emerged with their self-released EP, or so-called "Poor...

Another Fine Day

After an eight-year period of inactivity, the group Golden Smog has released a fine set of fifteen songs, both full-on rockers and slower, more rootsy numbers. Golden Smog is a supergroup of sorts...

Highway Companion

Yell Fire!

In May 2004, Michael Franti packed up his guitar and a video camera and went with a couple of friends on a trip. He flew to country of Jordan and then bought a plane ticket to Baghdad, Iraq. His...

You're Only Lonely

Erstwhile Mavericks frontman Raul Malo has released his second solo album, a low-key exploration of other people's compositions that is on the decidedly mellow side of the musical spectrum. On You're...

Stranger Things

OK, a quick recap. While a sophomore in college, Edie Brickell began fronting the band known as New Bohemians in her native Dallas. The group released their smash debut album in 1989, effectively...

Sacred

In 2003, three sets of performers emerged with their studio debut albums, grabbed a lot of attention and accolades, and then have taken their sweet time recording a proper follow-up CD. They were...

Time Without Consequence

Alexi Murdoch is clearly a man with patience. Not only does the Los Angeles singer/songwriter from Scotland take his time within his taut, sparse songs, but he's not about to rush his debut album...

Strange Conversation

The fourth studio release from the Boston singer/songwriter is an interesting experiment. Delmhorst decided to take a series of poems written largely in the 1800s and the early 20th century and use...

The Garden

The British band's third regular full-length album showcases their ongoing evolution with a somewhat more folk-rock mix to their approach. While continuing their tradition of a rotating series of...

Cannibal Sea

The Brooklyn-based indie pop combo known as The Essex Green have seen their fan base widening with their third full-length release, Cannibal Sea. The group is essentially a trio of singers and...

Move By Yourself

The sophomore album by Donavon Frankenreiter takes him miles ahead of his debut. His new sound is significantly deeper and richer than previously, and the new album is much more fun. The pro...

All the Roadrunning

Emmylou Harris began her career as a singing foil for Gram Parsons. In recent years, she's become one of the most sought-after duet partners among a wide swath of musicians, from established artists...

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

Bruce Springsteen's twenty-first album is a tribute album of sorts, dedicated to folk and traditional songs associated with folk legend Pete Seeger. Springsteen has said, "So much of my writing,...

Under the Covers, Vol. 1

Take one part 1980s guitar pop singer. Add one part 1990s guitar pop singer/songwriter. Combine with 15 songs from the heyday of psychedelic guitar pop, and mix. Those are basically the...

122 Ellsworth

The Boogie Hustlers are an eight-piece funk and soul group based in Pittsburgh. The band has been together since 2003, and their debut album features an engaging mixture of funk and soul. The album...

Citation

When Scott Miller was preparing to write the songs which would become his third solo album Citation, he rented an apartment in an area in his native Knoxville called Fort Sanders, a neighborhood...

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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The Little Willies

This debut album is by a group of musical "ringers" having a grand ole time playing country tunes. Fronted by Norah Jones and fellow New York singer/songwriter Richard Julian, The Little Willies fuse...

Streets of New York

The New York-based singer/songwriter is back with only about his fifth studio album in his quarter-century long career, but it's a stunner. The fourteen song album is great, tuneful rock 'n' roll...

The Believer

Rhett Miller, singer and guitarist for Old 97s, steps out for his second solo album featuring a dozen pop-rock gems polished to a gleaming state. The first single, "Help Me, Suzanne," is a jangle-pop...

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