Album of the Week

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Nicole Atkins "Good Night Rhonda Lee"

One of the joys of checking out a new Nicole Atkins record is guessing what musical direction she might take. You can count on the quality of the project because the woman is consistently strong. She...

Fleet Foxes - Crack Up

If you’ve found that you’re needing to turn inward and focus on your own contentment and happiness, the latest from Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes is the album for you. Released five years after...

Future Islands "The Far Field"

The Far Field is the Maryland-based band's fifth album.According to the band's record label, "Across The Far Field’s twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road, Future Islands...

Old 97s "Graveyard Whistling"

Old 97s have been churning out great albums that straddle the rail between country and rock for twenty-five years. Too twangy for the rockers but too edgy for Nashville, the band’s grasp on...

Aimee Mann "Mental Illness"

Aimee Mann has turned down the volume, but not the intensity on her ninth studio and solo album, Mental Illness. After her power pop-infused side project The Both (with post-punk veteran Ted Leo, who...

Ryan Adams "Prisoner"

With the release of his 16th album 'Prisoner' Ryan Adams is still finding new ways to describe heartache, broken promises, disappointment and loss. It's not a secret tha tthis new release is a...

Lee Fields & The Expressions "Special Night"

If you want to make a great soul record, you need a few specific elements. You need a charismatic singer to spin tales of love and loss, empowerment and redemption. You need great backup singers to...

Son Volt "Notes Of Blue"

Jay Farrar has been the leader of the Alternative Country act Son Volt for over 20 years.  Since the well know split of Uncle Tupelo in 1994, Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco and Jay Farrar formed Son...

Elbow "Little Fictions"

New love opens up the possibilities of the world, restoring faith in oneself and the future. Old love offers consistency and a sense of self. Both forms of love pulse in the beating heart of Little...

Bear's Den "Red Earth & Pouring Rain"

Among the wave of indie-folk artists who have emerged from the U.K. in the past five years is Bear’s Den. The trio won easy comparison to Mumford and Sons, a band they often toured with and called...

Bob Weir "Blue Mountain"

As he approaches his seventieth year, Bob Weir takes a nostalgic, whimsical trek through his cowpoke youth on the Wyoming range. Working with producer and National band member Josh Kaufman, and...

Blind Pilot "And Then Like Lions"

In the five years since Blind Pilot’s last album, singer/songwriter Israel Nebeker suffered the loss of his father and the collapse of a 13-year relationship. He spins these experiences into...

Norah Jones "Day Breaks"

Following forays into country and pop, Norah Jones returns to her unique brand of slinky, sensual jazz with piano as her main instrument. Jones wrote the majority of songs either solo or with...

The Marcus King Band "The Marcus King Band"

It's a bit startling to realize that the eponymous frontman of this band is a 20-year-old guitar wiz, and even more so when he sings "I've been hurt so many times" in that world-weary voice. Clearly...

Regina Spektor "Remember Us to Life"

Regina Spektor has never fit an easy definition of pop diva. Like Kate Bush or Tori Amos, she’s followed a muse that leads her down roads less traveled. At times it seems she’d taken flight, to...

Bon Iver "22, A Million"

If you’ve never had the experience of crawling into someone’s head, to sit in a far corner of their cortex and quietly observe - your chance has arrived. 22, A Million is part conceptual art, part...

The Head & the Heart "Signs of Light"

The Seattle six-piece finally had some time to reflect after 4 years of non-stop touring. They’ve grown and expanded on their intimate indie-folk sound, also in their overall appeal on their 3rd...

Wilco "Schmilco"

The band's 10th studio album is an about-face from the raucousness of last year's release, Star Wars. They've largely put away their rock-star electrics and pulled out their acoustic guitars. Despite...

Local Natives "Sunlit Youth"

It’s a challenge keeping a sunny disposition in the current chaotic political and social atmosphere but Local Natives are doing a fine job of dealing. Sunlit Youth shines with silver lining attitude...

Joseph "I'm Alone, No You're Not'

Maybe it’s genetics or perhaps it’s the patterns picked up growing up in the same household, but there’s no denying it – sibling harmonies are magical. The Andrew Sisters, The Everly Brother, and the...

Sara Watkins "Young in All the Wrong Ways"

Sara Watkins has been plying her trade in front of an audience since she was eight years old as a member of the bluegrass unit Nickel Creek. The band gained national attention while she was still a...

William Bell "This Is Where I Live"

If a lifetime of experience can be condensed into a sound William Bell has found the formula. With the oversight of producer and arranger John Leventhal and the support of a group of outstanding...

Mudcrutch "Mudcrutch 2"

When Tom Petty vaulted from Gainsville Florida to Los Angeles he was accompanied by his band Mudcrutch. After five unsuccessful years of hawking its hill-billy garage-rock, Petty broke from the band...

Michael Franti & Spearhead "Soulrocker"

Michael Franti has a template for creating great albums. Its equal parts joyful melodies, beat-heavy rhythms, and lyrics packed with messages of love, peace, and social consciousness. Never too heavy...

The Record Company, "Give It Back To You"

The trio from Los Angeles describes their music simply as "raw, sincere rock n' roll," and their style owes as much to garage- and punk-rock as it does to John Lee Hooker.

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