Album of the Week

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Dawes "Stories Don't End

 Dawes takes their southern California rock sound to Asheville N.C. for a change of pace.Google the band Dawes and read the reviews. Count how many time Laurel Canyon, CCN, and Jackson Browne...

The James Hunter Six "Minute By Minute"

The James Hunter Six create music that is both modern and nostalgicJames Hunter is a loyal guy. He’s stuck by the music he’s loved since a kid, mostly rhythm and blues and rock and roll of the 1950s...

Madeleine Peyroux "The Blue Room"

Madeleine Peyroux borrows inspiration from a Ray Charles concept album for a pensive, gorgeous record. In 1962 Ray Charles released his seminal album Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music....

David Bowie - The Next Day

David Bowie – The Next Day (Columbia) He’s been called Ziggy.  He’s been called the Thin White Duke.  But, for the last decade, most have called David Bowie something along the lines of...

Son Volt "Honky Tonk"

Jay Farrar and Son Volt create another country music influenced album. Old music doesn’t die; it gets resurrected and reconstructed by a new generation of musicians. Young audiences, eager for...

Josh Ritter "The Beast In Its Tracks

Josh Ritter produces a stark, raw, and ultimately uplifting rendering of the heartbreak, struggles and survival of divorce. Divorce can be a killer, sometimes almost literally. In the liner...

Carrie Rodriguez "Give Me All You Got"

Carrie Rodriguez's 5th album highlights her evolution as a singer, songwriter, and fiddler. Watching Carrie Rodriguez’s career develop is a lesson in how a musician evolves. From her days at...

Richard Thompson "Electric"

In a promotional video for his new album Richard Thompson points out that the distance between personal style and personal cliché is razor thin. How does one avoid not repeating himself, even if he...

Cody Chesnutt "Landing On A Hundred"

Cody ChesnuTT isn’t a man taken to small ideas. His 2002 debut, the double LP release The Headphone Masterpiece, set the bar high both in the audacity of its title and in the conceptual sweep of the...

"Pedestrian Verse"

Pedestrian Verse marks the fourth full-length release from the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit and their first on a major label. This time around, they’ve turned it up to 11 and put the self-...

The Mavericks "In Time"

The Mavericks reunion album is a celebration of Cuban rhythms, Tex-Mex rockers, and the roots of rock and roll. Have you ever imagined Raul Malo, a rose clenched tight between his teeth, slinking...

Gary Clark Jr. "Blak and Blu"

It’s a classic image, that of the bluesman standing at the crossroads, endeavoring to make a decision. For his debut release Gary Clark Jr. had the choice to follow the path of becoming his...

Erin McKeown "Manifestra"

Erin McKeown has been an intriguing artist since the inception of her career. Her music inauguration began in earnest following her graduation from Brown University with a degree in Ethnomusicology....

From The Top Of Willamette Mountain

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Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power brightens her sound with syncopated rhythms and a new sense of hope. Some artists work for many years before they emerge with an album that finally captures their full potential. Chan...

Van Morrison "Born To Sing: No Plan B"

The title chosen by Van Morrison for his 35th solo studio album would seem to be evident, but by selecting it Morrison makes a point. Music and singing is still the very relevant passion in the man’s...

Calexico "Algiers"

Calexico mix indie rock, Amerciana folk, and Tex Mex as backdrop for songs capturing the immigrant experience. Joey Burns and John Convertino are the heart and soul of the Tucson-based band...

Band of Horses "Mirage Rock" Columbia

Band of Horses of 2012 is not the same band it was when they released their 2006 debut Everything All the Time. Gone is the band’s then-trademark reverb, as well as most of the original members –...

Dave Matthews Band "Away From the World"

Dave Matthews Band reunite with the producer of their first 3 album for an exploration of love's manifestations It’s not a new idea to suggest that we are born alone and will leave this life...

The Wallflowers "Glad All Over"

After a seven year hiatus The Wallflowers reaffirm their place in the rock and roll hierarchy Absence makes the heart grow fonder, say The Wallflowers. Following the release of Rebel Sweetheart...

Various Artists "Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac

Marianne Faithfull, The New Pornographers, and MGMT are among the artist paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac The reason for Fleetwood Mac’s success and longevity is the talent that has graced this...

Mumford & Sons, Babel (Glassnote)

The sophomore album from the English quartet follows closely in the stylistic footsteps of the band's huge 2010 debut. Frontman Marcus Mumford and his colleagues don't change up the winning recipe...

David Byrne & St. Vincent "Love This Giant"

David Byrne and St. Vincent collaborate on 12 idiosyncratic songs that feature brass bands David Byrne’s collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is nothing less than...

Aimee Mann "Charmer"

Aimee Mann's exploration of the foibles of human nature and attraction is set to power-pop melodies. In a fair world where talent is recognized and rewarded Aimee Mann would be the recipient of...

The Avett Brothers "The Carpenter"

The Avett Brothers examine serious issues of life and death while balancing the line between roots and rock music. In the early days of their career The Avett Brothers made music that sounded like...

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