• Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

    Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

    In his first solo record in more than 14 years, Gregg Allman offers a self-assured, spirited tribute to the many bluesmen who’ve influenced him over his career. Highlights include “Sleepy” John Estes’ ominous “Floating Bridge,” ...
  • Jim Byrnes: Everywhere West

    Jim Byrnes: Everywhere West

    We most recently heard from veteran Canada-by-way-of-St. Louis bluesman Jim Byrnes via a terrific performance on a Mississippi Sheiks tribute steered by his producer, Steve Dawson. On his new Everywhere West, with Dawson again behind ...
  • Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge

    Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge

    Singer, songwriter, banjo player, and storyteller Abigail Washburn bridges East and West on a collection of enigmatic songs that evoke wandering spirits and restless souls. This isn’t the first time that Washburn, who studied law ...
  • Bob Dylan: Brandeis University

    Bob Dylan: Brandeis University

    It’s a Saturday night on the campus of Brandeis University, and the folk and protest movements are in full swing. On stage, the Prince of Protest is holding court through two sets for an appreciative ...
  • Alison Krauss: Paper Airplane

    Alison Krauss: Paper Airplane

    Owing to her Raising Sand collaboration with Robert Plant becoming something of a cultural phenomenon, that Alison Krauss and her superb Union Station band haven’t released a new album together in seven years seems, well, ...
  • Sierra Hull: Daybreak

    Sierra Hull: Daybreak

    Nineteen-year-old Sierra Hull has been turning heads in the bluegrass world since she joined Alison Krauss on the Opry stage as a sixth-grade mandolin prodigy. Mentored by Krauss and now championed by Chris Thile, Hull ...
  • R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now

    R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now

    Patti Smith came up with the title Collapse Into Now for R.E.M.’s 15th album, and that’s exactly what happened—the band merged choice instrumental elements from their past with lyrics about today. Everything die-hard fans love ...
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon has been criticized for sounding on his new album like, well, Paul Simon, most notably Graceland-era Paul Simon. But so what? Sure, Simon has prided himself since the release of that 1986 masterwork ...
  • The Cars: Move Like This

    The Cars: Move Like This

    You know the 80s revival is revved up when The Cars cruise back onto the pop-music scene. It’s been 25 years since the hit band’s career stalled with the sputtering Door to Door. This high-octane ...
  • David Bromberg: Use Me

    David Bromberg: Use Me

    The follow-up to 2007’s excellent acoustic folk and blues album Try Me One More Time finds singer and guitarist David Bromberg strapping on his vintage Telecaster and plugging into a pack of big-name buddies who ...
  • The Feelies: Here Before

    The Feelies: Here Before

    The first Feelies album in twenty years, Here Before reaffirms what their debut LP, Crazy Rhythms, made clear in 1980: although The Feelies have various influences (the Velvet Underground in particular), they’ve forged a unique ...

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