Album of the Week

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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...

Sinners and Saints

Raul Malo is speaking, or more appropriately, singing his mind. As the front man for The Mavericks, a member of Los Super Seven, a collaborator with dozens of artists and commander of a successful...

Write About Love

The Scottish band Belle and Sebastian have been producing great pop music for 15 years but only in the last several years have they begun to build an American audience beyond a small cult fan base....

Fields

Subtlety isn’t an adjective often used to describe pop music yet it is at the heart of Junip’s debut album Fields. Guitarist/singer Jose Gonzales, drummer Elias Araya, and keyboardist Tobias...

The Grand Theater Volume 1

The Old 97s built their career as one of alt-country’s most consistently smart, down-to-earth, energetic bands. Fans flocked to their shows and bought their recordings expecting to reveal in a mix of...

You Are Not Alone

When fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy signed on to produce Mavis Staples’s gospel record, he offered Wilco’s loft studio and asked for one of her father’s guitars. You Are Not Alone opens with the sweet...

The Orchard

Ra Ra Riot balances brainy ideas with energetic pop melodies and lush string arrangements, but that isn’t the only balancing act they’ve pulled off. Wes Miles formed the band in 2006 at Syracuse...

Junky Star

Life is hard. Some days feel like a tough ride on a bucking horse that has had it with people getting on its back. Other days string together indistinguishable from one another, creating desolate...

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...

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