• Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Morning Phase finds Beck, the ever-restless singer/songwriter/producer/ instrumentalist, in the same mellow, thoughtful mood he unveiled on 2002’s Sea Change. The songs unfold at unhurried tempos—there’s not an upbeat number in the batch—forcing you yourself ...
  • Sarah Cahill: A Sweeter Music

    Sarah Cahill: A Sweeter Music

    Everything Sarah Cahill has done as a champion of 20th-and 21st-century classical music in the San Francisco Bay Area—as a music journalist, radio programmer, and concert producer—pales in comparison to her solo piano recordings. A ...
  • The Infamous Stringdusters: Let It Go

    The Infamous Stringdusters: Let It Go

    The Infamous Stringdusters have never had anything to prove as forward-thinking instrumentalists, but over time the quintet’s songwriters have become more daring too, perhaps taking a cue from the Steep Canyon Rangers in exploring existential ...
  • Pixel: We Are All Small Pixels

    Pixel: We Are All Small Pixels

    Pixel is a young Norwegian jazz quartet whose lead vocalist, bassist, and principal songwriter, Ellen Andrea Wang, is adept at all those roles. Their sound combines jazz elements with a pop sensibility during the vocal ...
  • Chuck Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss

    Chuck Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss

    This is Chuck E. Weiss’ fourth album since his surprise 1999 comeback, Extremely Cool, produced by Tom Waits. That album ended an 18-year hiatus by the enigmatic musician who inspired Rickie Lee Jones’ 1979 breakthrough ...
  • Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

    Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

    As lead guitarist of Wilco, Nels Cline helps liberate Jeff Tweedy’s inner skronkmeister. In his Singers, with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn, Cline works his sorcery amid fewer preset structures. Although he calls ...
  • Hot Tuna: Burgers

    Hot Tuna: Burgers

    The first Hot Tuna record was a live recording of a coffeehouse appearance by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Jack Cassidy, and harmonica man Will Scarlet, performing in a straight folk-blues style. It gave Kaukonen a ...
  • Steve Dawson: Rattlesnake Cage

    Steve Dawson: Rattlesnake Cage

    Steve Dawson is a versatile Canadian roots musician who’s worked extensively as a solo artist and in a group context. He’s kept busy as a songwriter, sideman, singer, and producer who heads his own label, ...
  • Download Roundup - Janis Joplin: Pearl

    Download Roundup - Janis Joplin: Pearl

    The original CD of this superb blues-rock standard—sadly, Joplin’s last studio release—suffers from a surfeit of grunge and puts an artificial edge on Joplin’s voice—the last thing it needs. A later CD, The Pearl Sessions, ...
  • David Berkman: Live at Smalls

    David Berkman: Live at Smalls

    Pianist Berkman’s seventh as a leader follows the straight ahead formula of his previous quartet recording, 2009’s Live at Smoke. While his crystalline touch on ballads and assured sense of swing on uptempo numbers define ...
  • Regina Carter: Southern Comfort

    Regina Carter: Southern Comfort

    Carter goes to a profoundly deep place on this concept recording, which will surprise those who only know her as the swinging jazz violinist from Detroit. A collection of eleven folk tunes from Alabama and ...

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