Album of the Week

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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...

Nothing is Wrong

Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong The LA band Dawes is having their day in the sun with the new album Nothing Is Wrong. The young band draws upon influence from Jackson Browne, Crosby Stills Nash...

Yes And Also Yes

In his days as songwriter and singer for Soul Coughing Mike Doughty spat out rapid-fire ironic screeds and goofy rhymes that raced on idiosyncratic rhythms and big beats. To be fair the erudite...

Pennies In a Jar

Nicholle Jean Leary, aka, Nikki Jean turns 27 years old this week. Her career began as a member of the indie hip-hop band Nouveau Riche, then as a featured performer on Lupe Fiasco’s album The Cool....

Dedicated

Unsung heroes abound in the world of music. You might consider Steve Cropper one of the unsung. Yes, he’s gained a hard fought reputation amongst the musically astute but how many folks know that he...

Sky Full Of Holes

Fountains of Wayne Sky Full Of Holes Yep-Rock Records Sky Full Of Holes is the 5th release lead by songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood. Fountains of Wayne have been together since...

The Harrow & The Harvest

A woman, a man, 2 acoustic guitars, a couple of banjos, harmonica, hand-claps and foot-stomps; combine these with beautifully poignant songs and you have The Harrow...

Rave On Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly lived 22 short years and his recording success only took off 18 months before his death. Despite the limited time he was given Holly’s effect on the world of rock and roll is astounding....

Sing It Loud

Does k.d. lang’s return to Nashville announce a resurrection of her very alternative take on country music? Yes and no. There’s enough dobro, pedal steel, and banjo to keep her work with her former...

The Grand Theater Volume 2

Less than a year after releasing The Grand Theater Vol. 1, The Old 97s follow up with its companion disc, The Grand Theater Vol. 2. Most of the 13 songs were recorded during the same sessions as the...

Whatever's On Your Mind

Gomez celebrates fifteen years as a band with a new release that focuses on the core musical values that have come to be identified with their songs. That being said, it’s important to point out that...

Torches

Welcome to summertime when big beats, whistling hooks, synthesized rhythms, and chanting choruses rule the airwaves. Foster the People has already made its bid for hit song of the summer of 2011 with...

Codes and Keys

Ben Gibbard remembers hearing John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album as a child of 4 years old. Today, as a 35 year old recently married man, he finds inspiration in the album, referring to...

See My Friends

The legendary Ray Davies unveils his extraordinary new album paying tribute to his revered band The Kinks on, See My Friends. See My Friends features an all-star cast of collaborators, including...

Revelator

The inevitable has happened and it is a great thing. Guitarist extraordinaire Derek Trucks, and his wife, the superb singer Susan Tedeschi, have put their successful careers on hold in order to...

Collider

Sam Roberts and his band made a big splash with their 2008 release Love at the End of the World. That album’s themes examined the deteriorating state of the earth and its impact on society although...

Helplessness Blues

Being that I was too young at the time, I cannot say that, if I had been of age in the 1960s, I would have been listening to the heady sounds of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Fairport Convention, Jethro...

Hard Bargain

After 40 years in the music industry, after 25 albums, countless tour dates, and a dozen Grammy awards, is there anything that Emmylou Harris finds daunting about making music? It seems songwriting...

Live and Direct Volume 13

Live and Direct Volume 13 is here! We've collected 17 of the best live performances from the past year for Live and Direct Volume 13. Featuring tracks from local acts including Colonizing the...

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