Out of the Box CD of the Week with Paul Shugrue
Songs of Innocence is the anti-cd of the week since it is only available as a free download at I-tunes. The rock legends overcome the hype with their trademark anthemic sound.
Sukierae is the collaboration between Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and his son Spencer on drums. It is a generous and humble family project and its strength is its familiarity.
lullabye...and the Ceaseless Roar is the album he spurned a Led Zeppelin reunion to record and on it he combines Celtic grace with African rhythms for perhaps his finest solo album.
The Texas blues great passed away in July and "Step Back" is the album he had just completed with a wide array of collaborators who were his biggest fans.
Tied to a Star is the second mostly acoustic solo album in a row from the frontman of Dinosaur Jr. and improves nicely on his last, with more emphasis on his singing and virtuoso acoustic guitar playing.
Too Blessed To Be Stressed is a concept album about feeling good by this Mississippi roots rock singer songwriter and its positivity is infectious.
Their eighth album will undoubtedly be compared with past efforts but taken on its own, They Want My Soul is one of the best rock and roll releases so far this year.
The Voyager is her first solo album in six years and that long dry spell is addressed with songs about recrimination, second guessing and eventually, vindication.
Terms of My Surrender is his 5th album in six years, to say he's on a creative roll is putting it mildly.
Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot
Fire and Steel refers to his day job as a welder and his music communicates on a very basic level to anyone who's trying to make ends meet.
Rick Estrin and The Nightcats
You Asked For It...Live! captures an inspired performance in front of a pumped up hometown crowd that features wit, funky rhythms and a thoroughly modern version of the blues.
Old Crow Medicine Show
Remedy is their eighth studio album and finds the band in a rambunctious mood, jumping from one banjo and fiddle fueled hoedown to another.
Fuego finds that lightning in a bottle that sometimes eludes jam bands in the studio and is much more that just a set of musical blueprints.
Lazaretto, his twelfth album, is like gonzo journalism as applied to Rock and Roll, you don't know where it's going but you definitely want to go along for the ride.
Dave and Phil Alvin
The long time fueding brothers in the Blasters have reunited for their first album together since 1985, Common Ground The Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.
For her third album, World of Strangers she moved from Seattle to Austin and experimented with songs she says needed a change of scenery to let them come out.
The long time leader of Bright Eyes releases his best solo album since that band's hey day in 2005. Its called Upside Down Mountain and is his first album in three years.
The Black Keys
Following the success of their last album, Turn Blue draws on a different texture of the band's sound while still maintaining their crdibility and identity. Quite a feat.
Her self titled, first album of new material in thriteen years luxuriates in magnificent austerity and transcends the singer songwriter genre with elegance and grace.
Supernova is the fifth album for this acoustic balladeer who succumbs to a little musical wanderlust by collaborating with Black Keys rocker Dan Auerbach as his producer and band leader.
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