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Beirut "No No No"

Wilco "Star Wars"

This album is once again a showcase for the band's wide range of styles and influences from Neil Young to T. Rex to The Beatles and more. On "Random Name Generator," Jeff Tweedy sings "I change my...

Patty Griffin "Servant of Love"

Servant of Love is a different kind of record for Patty Griffin. Elegiac piano, muted trumpet, bowed bass, kalimba, a myriad of guitar, and a smattering of percussion are selectively employed to...

Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold As Love"

Jimi Hendrix only released three studio albums in his lifetime. The second was perhaps the most underappreciated of these, Axis: Bold As Love. Out of those three, it's perhaps the. Instead of the oft...

Kasey Chambers "Bittersweet"

Country singer Kasey Chambers, who has been a prime representative for Southern Australia’s rural music tradition, strikes a balance of exploration and maintaining her core sound on Bittersweet. It...

Warren Haynes "Ashes & Dust"

Warren Haynes Ashes & DustIt’s safe to assume that, unless you are Warren Haynes, you probably cannot guess what Warren Haynes is going to do next.  The legendary guitarist and songwriter...

Dar Williams "Emerald"

Dar Williams hasn’t released an album since 2011’s In the Time of Gods. In the meantime she’s conducted workshops on writing, given lectures on the music industry, taught a course at Wesleyan...

Of Monsters & Men "Beneath The Skin"

Of Monsters and Men’s music reflects its country’s meme – mysterious creatures lurk among flora and fauna that seems other-worldly. Folklore suggests faeries live among the active volcanos and...

Sonny Landreth "Bound By the Blues"

Louisiana bluesman Sonny Landreth gets back to basics with a mix of original songs and blues classicsSonny Landreth came honestly to his nickname “The King of Slydeco.”  He’s a phenomenal slide...

Dawes "All Your Favorite Bands"

Dawes blends songwriter aesthetics with an expanded rock sound.  The secret to the success of Dawes isn’t rocket science. There isn’t any complex formula’s to figure out. Their songs are...

Florence and the Machine "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Florence Welch spins thistles of turmoil into a quilt of golden bombastic pop songs. What does turmoil sound like? It’s big, and blue, and beautiful when translated by Florence Welch. Following...

Richard Thompson "Still"

A sage bard teams with producer Jeff Tweedy on a dozen witty, brilliantly executed songs.Richard Thompson opens his sixteenth solo album with a pensive ballad that captures one aspect of his...

The Weepies "Sirens"

Deb Talan and Steve Tannen turn a health crisis into an album of pristine folk-pop.Deb Talan and Steve Tannen built a thriving music career by joining forces in the early 2000s as The Weepies. In...

Kopecky "Drug of the Modern Age"

Kopecky shortens its name and boosts its sound on its pop-oriented sophomore release.If time travel were possible I could slip Kopecky’s Drug of the Modern Age onto a 1986 playlist and no one would...

Martin Sexton "Mixtape of the Open Road"

Martin Sexton returns with an album that recreates the art of mixtapes.For more than two decades Martin Sexton has been making great folk albums that occasionally strayed into light rock and blues....

Best Coast "California Nights"

Best Coast delivers a perfect summertime rock albumThe career arc of the duo Best Coast is an example of musical maturation. In 2010 Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno released Crazy For You on the...

Blur "The Magic Whip"

 Britpop is dead. This statement isn’t breaking news, as the majority of the artists of the mid-90’s movement (Oasis, Pulp, The Verve, Suede, etc) have all been dormant for at least a few...

Ivan & Alyosha "It's All Just Pretend"

Rock, pop, and roots merge to create an introspective look at relationships in a fast moving world.Indie folk may have been the springboard for Ivan & Alyosha’s debut album, but their sophomore...

Lord Huron "Strange Trails"

Atmospheric melodies and production, paired with detailed storytelling make for a pulp-fiction inspired album.Lonesome Dreams, the debut album from Lord Huron, introduced a moody, atmospheric sound...

Mumford and Sons "Wilder Mind"

Mumford & Sons jettison acoustic arrangements for arena rock productionThere’s no point in denying evolution, the evidence is there in every song. Banjo, double bass, mandolin, Dobro, and...

My Morning Jacket "The Waterfall"

Big life transitions inspire new musical directions for My Morning Jacket.Jim James, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for My Morning Jacket, has been playing at the edges of mysticism and...

Courtney Barnett "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit"

An impressive debut from an Australian songwriter who is never at a loss for words.Courtney Barnett never seems to be at a loss for words. Even when life presents complicated situations she’s able to...

Various Artists "WYEP Live & Direct: Volume 17

20 songs from some of WYEP's best Live & Direct Session on one disc.Live studio sessions have long been an integral part of WYEP’s programming. In 1974the station welcomed its first guest, Jesse...

Death Cab For Cutie "Kintsugi"

“Kintsugi” is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a mixture that includes gold, silver, or platinum. This process not only adds value to the broken object, it treats the flaw as an...

J.D. McPherson "Let the Good Times Roll"

McPherson's superb sophomore album builds on his unique brand of rock & roll. J.D. McPherson’s 2010 debut album Signs and Signifiers wore its 1950s-era rock and blues influences on its...

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