Album of the Week

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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...

Circuital

The first time I heard My Morning Jacket was 2003’s It Still Moves. I was startled by the band’s liberal use of echoing reverb, a quality that created a kind of ghostly rock and roll. Since that time...

The Rip Tide

My Grandfather often referred to “the old country” when he spoke of music. As a young man he played cornet in a brass band comprised of fellow immigrants. The songs they played transported a piece of...

Boyfriends, Girlfriends

The sophomore album from indie-pop darlings, Donora, is a hit from start to finish. Intelligently crafted, but not overworked, Boyfriends, Girlfriends, has charisma flowing out its ears. It’s all...

Junk of the Heart

The Kooks are unabashedly proud of being a pop band. There’s no pretense about changing or expanding their sound, no tags of “cutting edge indie artist” attached to their music. The band’s third...

Beauty Queen Sister

Beauty Queen Sister, the 14th studio album from Indigo Girls, opens with “Share the Moon.” Its rolling R...

Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay’s long shadow of success stretches across continents, musical genres, and over a decade of multiplatinum albums. As it enters a second decade the band again teams up with musician/arranger/...

Ashes & Fire

Ryan Adams is an amazingly prolific artist, sometime releasing multiple albums in the course of a year. He’s never settled on one genre, confounding fans and critics as he’s leapt between rock, alt-...

Tht Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams

Hank Williams’ influence on popular music is wide-ranging. From folk, to blues, to country, and even rock and roll, his mournful ballads and honky-tonk swagger has inspired songwriters and singers...

Metals

Leslie Feist, who goes simply as Feist, creates music that strike a balance between what has come before and where the future lies. She also bridges the gap between independent and commercial artist...

The Whole Love

If by chance you still hold the notion that Wilco is an alt-country rock band time to let go of that misnomer. Although they first gained recognition as curators of the genre they have long since...

Mockingbird Time

Mockingbird Time is the return to classic form and also the mid 90’s quintessential lineup of the Minneapolis Alt-Country rockers, The Jayhawks. The reunited lineup features Gary Louris, Marc Olson...

Inclusions

Within the first few notes of Inclusions you’ll know this is going to be no ordinary musical journey. The tinny 31 second title track bleeds through like an ancient recording, wind instruments and...

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