Various Artists | Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits

WHO ARE THEY? An impressive lineup of female vocalists including Rosanne Cash, Patty Griffin, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, Aimee Mann, Pheobe Bridgers, Corinne Bailey Rae and more. WHAT IS...

Waylon Payne | Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me Act...

The world oughta know Waylon Payne by now. His mama was outlaw country queen Sammi Smith. His daddy was Willie Nelson’s longtime guitarist Jody Payne. One guess who he's...

Sam Morrison Band | The Christmas Album

The Allman Brothers Band never made a Christmas album. Ditto ZZ Top, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger and the original lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Thankfully (or not, depending on your...

Willie Nelson | My Way

Better make that Mostly His Way. Not that there's anything wrong with that. On Willie Nelson’s new Frank Sinatra tribute disc — which also just happens to be his 68th...

Cat Power | Wanderer

Cat Power's road has always seemed rocky. Stints in rehab, mental breakdowns, cringe-worthy interviews, uncomfortable performances that imploded mid-song; the singer-songwriter born Chan Marshall has suffered through them all....

Snarky Puppy | Immigrance

Every puppy has to grow up and calm down eventually. Even a Snarky Puppy. So, on their dozenth studio album Immigrance, the Grammy-winning jazz-fusion jam-band collective led by bassist,...

Bonus Discs | Nine New Rock Releases

Parlor Snakes serenade you, Bison Machine sail the seas, Dan Luke and the Raid work blue and more this week. I didn't have time to write about these albums,...

Shotgun Jimmie | Transistor Sister 2

WHO IS HE? The Canadian pop-rocker, charismatic singer-songwriter and former Shotgun and Jaybird co-founder with one of the coolest handles in music — at the very least, it's certainly...

Gordon Lightfoot | Solo

THE PRESS RELEASE: "Canada’s most celebrated songwriter and international folk legend Gordon Lightfoot has announced his new album Solo. The album sees Lightfoot returning to the studio to release...

Cornershop | England Is A Garden

WHO ARE THEY? The veteran British indie-rock outfit formed and fronted nearly 30 years ago by singer-songwriter and guitarist Tjinder Singh. And the band that's still best known for...

Pixies | Beneath the Eyrie

WHO ARE THEY? The beloved and influential Boston alt-rockers who acrimoniously imploded in 1993, vowing never to reunite — until some giant paydays changed their mind in 2004, kicking...

This Week’s Live Album Roundup | Frank Turner, Jerry Garcia & The Hold Steady

Undergoing severe concert withdrawal? The music biz is here to help with another slate of excellent live recordings. This week: Frank Turner finds a new way to tell some...

American Football | American Football (LP3)

Slow and steady win the race. Until they don't. Beloved Midwestern emo stalwarts American Football have long been poster boys for the former concept — after breaking up following the...

Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five | Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck...

WHO IS HE? The other scarecrow-like Rolling Stones guitarist who worships at the altar of Chuck Berry — and the only one who had the sense to wait until...

Sparta | Trust The River

THE PRESS RELEASE: "Sparta, the El Paso band featuring Jim Ward, release their first full length studio album since 2006’s Threes. When it comes to his long and fruitful...

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