Album of the Week

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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...

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...

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