Album of the Week

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Tin Can Trust

Los Lobos is recognized as one of America’s premier bands in part due to their consistency. Their musicianship is precise, their songwriting finely crafted, with a balanced offering of blues based...

Clapton

Man, is Eric Clapton mellow these days. Mr. “Guitar God” has put aside the big guitar drama for a very laid-back record. What you will get is superb musicianship, songs that go way back in the...

Be My Thrill

If I was limited to only one adjective to describe the music of The Weepies it would be “sweet.” I know that word raises negative connotations with saccharine at the top of the list but I’ll still...

Band of Joy

After the success of 2007’s Raising Sand – the album that finally won Robert Plant a Grammy award (Led Zeppelin received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005) it would have been easy to replicate...

Come and Get It

It’s not surprising that another young singer has discovered the irrepressible, excitement generated by the kind of soul music that permeated the music charts in the 1960’s. What is impressive is the...

God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise

After working with producer Ethan Johns on his first 3 albums Ray Lamontagne strikes out on his own, to a degree. Lamontagne takes the production reins; saddled up next to him is his very able...

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

To be a truly great interpreter one must have experience. One needs the ability to bring one’s own trials and triumphs to the table in order to embody the material encountered. Bettye Lavette has...

100 Miles From Memphis

Sheryl Crow's seventh album is a homing-pigeon album. Musically-speaking, she's heading back to her days in Kennett, Missouri -- her hometown located about 100 miles from Memphis. The sounds she...

Together

The New Pornographers are a democracy of individually talented musicians, each with his or her distinct contribution to the band. All members, with the except of Kathryn Calder (niece of founder A.C...

Shame Shame

Dr. Dog was poised to become the next great rock band with their last release. The media machine was in place but Fate, although selling relatively well, didn’t deliver the anticipated breakthrough...

Street Songs of Love

It’s a familiar story in the music industry about the injustice of fame and success. Artists who write and produce great music never find the audience they deserve. Sometimes they win acknowledgement...

Till the Light Comes

Once crowned “Prince of Americana” by the New York Times, and after repeated comparisons to Bob Dylan, Jackie Greene must have felt the pressure to perform up to the expectations set by the press;...

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

I couldn’t help thinking about the movie “Almost Famous” as I listen to the new album from Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. Maybe it was Potter’s glamorous vintage fashion choices or the fact that...

Mojo

Chances are the Mojo that Tom Petty refers to on his new album is the type that flows from a group of seasoned musicians who have worked together for decades. Put them into one room, facing each...

Oh Little Fire

Canadian singer Sarah Harmer is a slippery artist to categorize. Her music owes as much to pop and rock as it does to folk and she’s even indulged bluegrass fans on her last release I’m a Mountain....

Sign No More

Mumford & Sons' debut release straddles a musical divide; in one direction you have the indie folk harmony and acoustic instrumentation of artist like Fleet Foxes, Laura Veirs, Iron...

Infinite Arms

Asheville, NC based Band Of Horses, known for soaring harmonies and infectious southern/indie rock, have been a band on the rise in recent years. Their third release Infinite Arms will surely push...

To the Sea

The king of frothy pop music returns just in time for the sun and surf season. Jack Johnson doesn’t look to create new avenues in his music, he’s not the type of musician to explore new genres or...

Brothers

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney built the music of The Black Keys on Carney’s pulsing drum beats and Auerbach’s swampy guitar chords, occasional keyboards sidebars, and aching falsetto vocals. Their...

Heaven is Whenever

Heaven Is Whenever begins with a tinny slide guitar which suggests that the titular "whenever" is in the distant past. And, sure enough, frontman -- and Twin Cities native -- Craig Finn begins...

Feed My Soul

Wendell and Sherman Holmes, along with Popsy Dixon began playing together as The Holmes Brothers more than 30 years ago. In that time they’ve created a unique niche for themselves with their blend of...

WYEP : Live & Direct Volume #12

The latest and the greatest release features in-studio performances from Meeting Of Important People, Ani DiFranco, Eric Lindell, The Low Anthem, Elizabeth...

Oyo

Angelique Kidjo was raised in Cotonou, the capital of Benin, during the 1960s and ‘70s. As a girl she was exposed to Beninese traditional music, American soul, French jazz, the music of Bollywood,...

I Learned the Hard Way

I want Quentin Tarantino to make a movie about Sharon Jones. She’s got the storyline: in the 1970’s a young singer, fresh from her southern gospel singing background, new to the big northern city,...

Here Lies Love

I love David Byrne. He’s so smart, he’s so weird, he’s so talented. Only he could have come up with a double disc concept album about the life of Imelda Marcos, juxaposing her life with that of...

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