• Pearl Jam: Backspacer

    Pearl Jam: Backspacer

    If the recent deluxe edition of Pearl Jam’s Ten reminded audiences of the band’s prior glory, then Backspacer serves notice that—even two decades into its career— the Seattle quintet remains a vital, vibrant unit. The ...
  • Mark Knopfler: Get Lucky

    Mark Knopfler: Get Lucky

    Mark Knopfler writes mood music for sad and lonely men. Mark Knopfler writes modern Celtic-folk songs about an old country none of us has ever known, but long for deep in our hearts. Mark Knopfler ...
  • Heart: Red Velvet Car

    Heart: Red Velvet Car

    On Heart’s first studio album in six years, the Seattle-based sister act of singer Ann and guitarist Nancy Wilson prove that, musically speaking at least, you shouldn’t mess with a good thing. The 2010 version ...
  • Elvis Costello: This Year's Model

    Elvis Costello: This Year's Model

    Produced by Nick Lowe, and originally released in 1978, This Year’s Model was Elvis Costello’s second album, his first in a string of successes with The Attractions, and the first in which this brilliant pop ...
  • Punch Brothers: Antifogmatic

    Punch Brothers: Antifogmatic

    More than a year ago I chatted with Chris Thile about the Punch Brothers’ second album, specifically asking him how much of the material he had penned himself—a natural question, given his remarkable growth as ...
  • Van Morrison: Born to Sing

    Van Morrison: Born to Sing

    Van Morrison’s first studio album since 2008’s Keep It Simple marks his return to the Blue Note label (where he picked up a Grammy nomination for 2003’s What’s Wrong with This Picture?) and finds the ...
  • Lynda Randle: 'Til the Storm Passes By

    Lynda Randle: 'Til the Storm Passes By

    A powerful example of traditional and contemporary gospel seamlessly co- mingling with other roots styles, Lynda Randle’s ’Til the Storm Passes By also makes sure its inventive music never subsumes the praise and worship messages ...
  • Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust

    Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust

    There’s a groove that Los Lobos keeps finding on Tin Can Trust that’s kind of slow and that seems like the ultimate cruising music, perfect to listen to if you’re driving down a street as ...
  • Tim "Too Slim" Langford: Broken Halo

    Tim "Too Slim" Langford: Broken Halo

    Normally fronting the incendiary Taildraggers, Tim “Too Slim” Langford has (for the first time in about ten years) slipped away for a one-man-band effort. Employing modern technology to back himself with various acoustic and electric ...
  • John Hiatt: Mystic Pinball

    John Hiatt: Mystic Pinball

    This strong follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns adds to a string of strong albums by singer/songwriter John Hiatt released during the past decade on the New West label. He ...
  • Robert Plant: Band of Joy

    Robert Plant: Band of Joy

    The good news about Robert Plant’s Band of Joy? It’s not a reprise of his mega- platinum duets with Alison Krauss (Patti Griffin is the female vocalist here), it’s not a Zep or Honeydrippers album, ...
  • The Black Keys: Brothers

    The Black Keys: Brothers

    The first time I heard The Black Keys they opened for Sleater-Kinney. For a fan of raw and dirty electric blues they were an immediate delight, playing with an urgency that reminded me of early ...

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