Album of the Week

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Blunderbuss

What happens when someone like Jack White finds himself without a band? This is a pretty interesting question. The guy has been in bands, usually multiple ones simultaneously, for about...

Of Monsters and Men "My Head Is An Animal"

Whimsy and chamber pop combine for an impressive debut from a six-piece Icelandic band. After winning the nationwide 2010 battle-of-the-bands competition in their native Iceland, Of Monsters and...

Norah Jones "Little Broken Hearts"

Norah Jones’ 2002 debut cast the new talent as the standard bearer for a new generation of jazz chanteuses. Winning five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New...

Voice of Ages

The Chieftains celebrate their 50th anniversary by releasing an album that celebrates tradition by welcoming new generations of artists into the world of Irish ballads, gigs, and reels. The...

Live & Direct Volume 14

Various Artists Live...

Boys and Girls

The debut from Alabama Shakes is an exhilarating mix of soul, blues, and garage rock, elevated by the extraordinary and powerful vocals of Brittany Howard. The first thing you notice about the...

In the Time of Gods

Dar Williams masterfully blends folk melodies with pop production on an evocative new album that finds inspiration in Greek mythology and contemporary social issues. Inspiration can come from...

Slipstream

Bonnie Raitt’s first album in seven years finds the music veteran teaming up with her longtime band as well as joining forces with producer Joe Henry and his coterie of musicians. It also finds her...

New Wild Everywhere

Great Lake Swimmers’ songs are built on a foundation of mellifluous harmonies, delicate melodies and evocative lyrics. The band’s first four releases won comparisons to Nick Drake, Iron and Wine, and...

Port of Marrow

The newest release by The Shins finds James Mercer backed by a whole new crew of band mates. If you ever doubted that James Mercer was the essential Shins member, just consider this, he is the...

Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit gelled as a band on the streets of San Diego. The band’s sound was gritty and spontaneous, dodging easy description as it zig-zagged between blues riffs, folky harmonies, and indie rock...

Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. Although he doesn’t implore you to go to your window and shout out the same, he comes close. Wrecking Ball offers a populist...

Be the Void

You’ve noticed the grass that, despite the odds, pushes up in the most urban of settings. In the midst of concrete and steel and glass these little barely green blades remind you that, after all, the...

Kisses On the Bottom

Imagine a New Year’s Eve in England in the late 1940s. The rugs are rolled back in a modest Liverpool home, women smoke their cigarettes and sip their drinks waiting for a man to approach and ask for...

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s music is synonymous with powerful social movements. “Blowin’ in the Wind,” You’ve Gotta Serve Somebody,” Masters of War,” With God On Our Side,” “Political World,” “Hurricane,” “The...

Human Again

Ingrid Michaelson holds nothing back on her latest album, the explosive Human Again. Her fifth release reflects a different side of Ingrid, one that pushes the perimeters of her past musical efforts...

How Do You Do?

In July of 2009 Beyond Race Magazine celebrated its 3rd anniversary by using Mayer Hawthorne as its cover boy. He had only been signed to the hip-hop label Stone Throw Records in 2008 by label head...

High Flying Birds

In the war that is waged between the brothers Gallagher - Liam and Noel - fans are left to argue “which brother is more successful since the break-up of their band Oasis?” If success is predicated on...

Voyager

Voyager begins with a song called “Empty Threat” in which Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards threatens to move to America, adding quickly that “it’s an empty threat.” So what is going on...

Ceremonials

Florence Welch has a big voice, big enough to sustain itself in the swirling ocean of production that would swamp a lesser vessel. Ironically the possibility of being pulled under the waves might...

El Camino

The word circulating about The Black Keys' new album is that it’s a change up for the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. Yes and no is my response to that suggestion. Yes the pair has moved from...

The King Is Dead

Sometimes the grand gesture wins the day; the broad sweep of ideas, the layered musical production, the epic song cycle grabs the listener by the ear and says “listen to me.” Certainly this has been...

Pickin' Up the Pieces

Fitz and the Tantrums are not taking their sweet time. The band played their first show in late 2008, now they are on the verge of becoming a phenomenon. The L.A.-based six-piece finds inspiration...

21

Sometimes the Grammys get it right. In 1965 the Beatles were named best new artist. In 1972 Carly Simon snagged the award, as did Sade in 1986 and Alicia Keys in 2002. Two years ago a young British...

Paper Airplane

Many adjectives have been used to describe the ethereal vocals of Alison Krauss with angelic being the most common. As a young singer I think that description fit her quite nicely but I think it’s...

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