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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...

Michael Kiwanuka "Home Again"

A young U.K. musician channels legacy soul artist on his stunning debut With the opening flourishes of Michael Kiwanuka’s debut you’ll know you’re in for something special and rare. As “Tell Me a...

The Winterpills "All My Lovely Goners"

The Winterpills offer up a delicious confection of glossy folk/pop ballads. Approaching the 9th anniversary of their founding, the Massachusetts based quintet, The Winterpills, appear to have...

Neil Young & Crazy Horse "Americana"

Neil Young has played such a huge role on the American rock and roll scene for so long that it’s easy to forget that he’s actually a Canadian. Somehow he’s come to epitomize the essence of the...

Dr. John "Locked Down"

You’ve heard the adage “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” An even more bold form of flattery is nuzzling up to your idol by offering to produce his new album. There’s nothing like...

Jimmy Cliff "Rebirth"

Jimmy Cliff revives his roots reggae for an inspired collection of new songs Only 2 reggae artists have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. Both men were...

Rufus Wainwright "Out of the Game"

Rufus Wainwright is a musical thespian with an acute sense of high drama. His albums, particularly Want One and Want Two, over flow with orchestral flourishes and choral crescendos. An opera...

JD McPherson "Signs and Signifiers"

From Broken Arrow, Oklahoma comes JD McPherson, an artist with an unaffected take on vital American music and a voice that channels the spirit of Little Richard and James Brown. McPherson's...

Rhett Miller "The Dreamer"

Rhett Miller has done a good job of balancing his musical career between his work with the alt-country band The Old 97’s and his solo work. During band hiatuses he’s produced three solo albums that...

Glen Hansard "Rhythm and Repose"

Irish troubadour Glen Hansard offers a startling collection of intense ballads on his debut solo release Glen Hansard has chosen a fitting title for his debut solo release. Rhythm and Repose is a...

Regina Spektor "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats"

SPEKTOR’S PIANO PROWESS, GORGEOUS VOCALS, DEFT EAR FOR MELODY, AND QUIRKY SENSIBILITY HIGHLIGHT THIS ALBUM Regina Spektor has had a curious career thus far. Critics who marvel at her obvious...

Beach House 'Bloom'

Bloom, the fourth album from this Baltimore duo, takes you into another world. The term thrown around to describe their music is “Dream Pop”. It reminds you a little of the Cocteau Twins (or in some...

Patti Smith "Banga"

Iconic rocker Patti Smith mines the world of poets, filmmakers, ancient exploreres, and pop culture for a visionary new recording. Patti Smith is a poet, visual artist, and a rock icon. She’s...

Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"

Brandi Carlile teams up with a small group of trusted friends for an album that leans country and highlights her amazing voice and powerful songwriting. Sit up and pay attention, Brandi Carlile...

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...

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