Album of the Week

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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...

Gimme Some

Everyone has his or her guilty musical pleasure. Often it’s an absurdly popular song or singer with mass audience appeal which makes them far too obvious a choice for you, the discerning listener. At...

Rockpango

As the United States' demographic changes so goes our cultural baseline. In the 1970’s rock was dominated by southern California vibes and Southern swamp boogie. There was one band, Santana, which...

Scandalous

What is it that consumes young men’s thoughts? If, perchance, you’ve forgotten pick up a copy of Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybear’s sophomore release. Ah, yes, now you remember. Living up to its...

Blessed

Lucinda Williams’ voice is a rugged, well-worn, vulnerable thing, transparent to the point of revealing a depth of emotion that evades many singers. Likewise, her songs aren’t conventionally pretty...

Collapse Into Now

R.E.M.’s 2008 release, Accelerate, lived up to its name as the band jettisoned softer ballads to jet through a collection of succinct blazing rockers. In comparison Collapse Into Now is a reflection...

Fixin' To Die

Throughout his career Garret Dutton, aka, G. Love has played at the shallow end of the pool of roots music. He’s splashed elements of blues and folk into his music from time to time albeit with hip-...

100 Lovers

Every cinematic adventure deserves an overture, in this case strings, delicate as butterflies that pair up with tentative piano chords that grow more assured as the song progresses. Rhythmic acoustic...

The People's Key

The People’s Key, Bright Eyes 7th studio album, is a science fiction inspired opus that contemplates creation, the expanding universe, time travel, and alien enslavement of the human race. Conor...

Mondo Amore

What would you expect from a musician who cites as her greatest influences New Jersey’s Shark River during a rain storm and the dark, surreal films of David Lynch? And what would you expect from this...

Kiss Each Other Clean

Some artists are content to make a template of their first successful album, repurposing their original burst of creativity to lessening degrees of satisfaction. Not so with Sam Beam, the iconoclast...

Bright Examples

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The Lady Killer

Audacious, sly, witty, the music of Cee Lo Green is immensely entertaining, beautifully produced and delivered with such aplomb that I marvel that Green hasn’t attained superstar status long before...

Living Proof

If you’re looking for a template for growing older, not just gracefully, but with power and dignity, take a good listen to Buddy Guy’s Living Proof. The man isn’t afraid of the numbers that stack up...

Contra

After all the hype of their first release it was inevitable that Vampire Weekend would experience blow-back from some critics. The brainy four-man band who met as students at Columbia University...

The Suburbs

The much maligned “suburbs” get a new appraisal thanks to Arcade Fire. Instead of rejecting the trappings of tract neighborhoods, the band offers a complex examination of how the boundaries, values,...

Sound of Sunshine

Life becomes dearer when one is confronted with serious illness. Big picture ideals fade to background while something as simple as sunshine on water, a sleeping child, or a lover’s smell comes into...

So Runs the World Away

As Josh Ritter christened his career and set sail in search of his musical horizon many well-wishers nodded in approval at the one they deemed a new savior of the art of folk music. As Ritter’s...

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