Album of the Week

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Shine

Modern jamband legends Phish finally called it quits, apparently for good, last year, and guitarist Trey Anastasio return to record racks with his second rock solo album. Although diehard Phish phans...

Year of Meteors

Year of Meteors is the fifth album by Seattle singer/songwriter Laura Veirs. Her debut record, in 1999, was just a straightforward affair, recorded live and featuring only Veirs and her acoustic...

Little Fugitive

Amy Rigby's fifth album is Little Fugutives, featuring Rigby's retro-flavored rock and fine wit on display throughout. The key moment on the album comes during the last 20 seconds of the first single...

Extraordinary Machine

Fiona Apple's long-awaited third album is a nice collection of intricate songs, a little more complex than her earlier music if not as immediately obvious. After her second album, Apple took...

Childish Things

The Texas singer/songwriter's seventh studio album, and first since 2002's St. Mary of the Woods, features some of McMurtry's finest songwriting and some raging observations on the state of America...

Souls Alike

Souls Alike is Raitt's eighteenth album, her follow-up to 2002's Silver Lining. This record is the first time the nine-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has produced her...

Why Should the Fire Die?

The Outsider

Prairie Wind

Neil Young has a longstanding tradition of mixing up straightahead rocking album with his longtime musical comrades Crazy Horse with various sorts of musical experiments. And every so often, he...

Life in Slow Motion

David Gray's new album is his seventh, and it also marks the first time in a while that Gray took his band into a regular recording studio to cut an album. Says Gray, "I really wanted to get away...

My Better Self

Infusing her songs with subtle politics, spiritual themes, and the power and beauty of nature, Dar Williams continues on her sixth studio release her strong tradition of fine songwriting as well as...

X&Y

The third and latest disc from the English band continues the evolution in their levitating, sweeping rock. Though the band continues to wear their influences on their sleeve in no small amount,...

Chasing Down a Spark

Pittsburgh's own Bill Deasy, frontman for '90s band The Gathering Field, has been releasing his own solo albums in recent years. The follow-up to 2003's well-received Good Day, No Rain is another...

The Soul Truth

The second-generation blues star and first-class belter just released her fourth album. She's been blessed with some great collaborations along the way--her last album was produced by Dr. John. The...

Mr Hollywood Jr. 1947

Michael Penn's new album, his fifth overall, is his first recorded and released outside of the major record labels. Recorded at his home studio, the album is generally set in post-World War II Los...

Rebel, Sweetheart

Mike Sauter, WYEP Music Director

Don't Ask Don't Tell

After releasing rather few new albums in the past decade, Michelle Shocked currently has out not one, not two, but three new albums. Don't Ask Don't Tell is ostensibly the rock 'n' roll CD. There...

Guero

The eighth album by Beck continues his musical evolution with a complicated, 14-song album which will variously delight, amaze, and confound listeners. He's got his usual fascinating melange of...

The Mysterious Production of Eggs

The fifth album by the Chicago native by the inventive singer/songwriter, known of late for his fascinating and unique layered sound--chock full of violin, glockenspiel, and like any good bird,...

Martha Wainwright

The debut album from yet another talented member of the Wainwright family demonstrates clearly how deep that gene pool truly is. The daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the...

Heard It on the X

The third album from the collective Los Super Seven assembled by artist manager Dan Goodman is an energized package of Latin rock and pop-tinged songs. Each outing for the collective not only has a...

We Will Become Like Birds

Erin McKeown's fourth album is a deeply personal release, dealing with breakup and life transition. From the negative experiences which served as the album's wellspring, McKeown has crafted a...

Songs for Silverman

Songs for Silverman is the second solo album from Ben Folds, and his first studio outing in 4 years. It's a work of subtely and maturity from a master of melodious piano-pop. From "Battle of Who...

Haughty Melodic

Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has emerged with his first full-fledged studio album since the dissolution of his erstwhile quirky New York band. That the album is clever, witty, and a...

Verve Remixed 3

The third CD of the series continues its high standards of great source material from the Verve Records' vault, groovily remixed by some talented producers and DJs. Perhaps the best track on...

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