Album of the Week

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Standing Room Only

The 18th album from the long-running blues collective is a polished collection of 14 songs, spanning the gamut from the R...

The Tigers Have Spoken

The fourth album by alt-country singer/songwriter Neko Case is also her first live album. A brief collection of tunes--clocking in under 33 minutes of music--The Tigers Have Spoken is nonetheless a...

Spooked

British singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has written that "In this world of doubt, one thing is certain for me; that I will go on writing songs up to and--I hope, through heavenly means or...

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

A decade and a half ago, U2 decided to reinvent themselves for the dawning 1990s. They switched from a studied seriousness to a multi-layered irony, while trying to push themselves into sonic terrain...

Universal United House of Prayer

The fifth solo album by the Ohio-born, Nashville-based singer and guitarist is a thematic album, a collection of songs about God or the soul. After his last album (2002's Midnight and Lonesome),...

Billy Miles

Hailing from Southern California, Billy Miles proudly pays no heed to any clear-cut stylistic genre boundaries. The cultural contrasts of her multi-racial background—her father is African-American,...

Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge

Charanga Cakewalk is the new project from journeyman session musician Michael Ramos, who has previously been a member of The Bodeans and has worked with Patty Griffin, Paul Simon, John Mellencamp,...

Violence in the Snowy Fields

Sounding like a cross between timeless murder ballads and the crisply emotive chamber folk of Nick Drake, Dolorean's third album finds them deepening their subtle resolve. Built around the songs and...

West Indian Girl

Sometimes an album comes along which feels like exactly the right album at the right time, with a fresh spin and a new synthesis of older styles. The self-titled debut from Los Angeles outfit West...

The Clarence Greenwood Recordings

This is the second solo album from Clarence Greenwood, a.k.a. Citizen Cope. The engaging beat-driven singer/songwriter grew up in the Washington DC area, and he cut his teeth performing briefly with...

Trampin'

Poet-turned-rock-star Patti Smith proves on her latest album that, even as many of her peers have melllowed with age, she is still unafraid to make the Bold Rock Statement. But unlike some of today's...

Van Lear Rose

Van Lear Rose, by any standards, is one of the most remarkable albums of the year. Ten years ago Loretta Lynn, country legend and coal miner's daughter, was effectively retired from the music...

Simple Truths

The Holmes Brothers' latest album is their first since the acclaimed 2001 release Speaking in Tongues. Four originals mixed with a diverse selection of cover songs, Simple Truths combines the vocal...

True Love

Toots Hibbert is one of reggae's key figures. He's even the one who popularized the term "reggae," with his 1968 song "Do the Reggay." And The Maytals were featured along with Jimmy Cliff and Desmond...

Retriever

Unlike his last album, Cobblestone Runway, which saw him experimenting with more electronic sounds than his, Retriever is a straight-ahead singer/songwriter album with undistorted electric guitar and...

Live at Union Chapel DVD

Recorded live in Live at Union Chapel captures David Byrne at his most irreverent. Performing 18 songs spanning four decades, Byrne effortlessly weaves lyrically potent compositions and compelling...

The Delivery Man

With The Delivery Man--Elvis Costello and the Imposters' first release for Lost Highway--one of modern music's most admired and prolific talents has delivered a remarkable album that draws on deep...

Trouble

The best songs on Trouble, the debut release from songwriter Ray LaMontagne, draw on deep wells of emotion, and with LaMontagne's sandpapery voice, which recalls a gruffer, more sedate version of Tim...

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These chicks rock. Maura O'Neill

Break It Yourself

Is there anyone in music today as astute as Andrew Bird in creating what critics like to call “soundscapes?” To immerse yourself in one of his albums is to journey away from the ordinary to a place...

Riot on an Empty Street

The Norwegian Simon and Garfunkel build their Bookends such clever boys! with this album's wondrous opener, "Homesick," Norway's Kings of Convenience have created the acoustic equivalent of an M.C....

Careless Love

Boasting an enthralling voice many have regarded as reminiscent of Billie Holiday's, Madeleine Peyroux burst onto the music scene eight years ago with the extremely successful release of Dreamland....

Vuelta

Vuelta is Shindell's first new studio album since moving to Argentina in 2000. (2002's Courier was a live set recorded at venues around New York City the year prior.) The nine originals here are...

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