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All the Rock You Need. The new music podcast from your friends at The Hartford Courant. Nick Caito is an Interactive Journalist for the Hartford Courant with a love for music, food, and photography.

All the Rock You Need. The new music podcast from your friends at The Hartford Courant. Nick Caito is an Interactive Journalist for the Hartford Courant with a love for music, food, and photography.
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All the Rock You Need. The new music podcast from your friends at The Hartford Courant. Nick Caito is an Interactive Journalist for the Hartford Courant with a love for music, food, and photography.






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Craig Finn: Clear Heart Full Eyes

Clear Heart Full Eyes is the first solo effort from the Hold Steady's singer and lyricist Craig Finn. Is it an exercise in egoism? Is it a true departure from the successful Hold Steady form? We discuss!

Duration: 00:20:44

Kathleen Edwards: Voyageur

Voyageur, the latest from Kathleen Edwards, shows the influence of a new producer (think Bon Iver). But how does this record stack up against her earlier, more alt-country efforts? We discuss.

Duration: 00:18:00

Dex Romweber Duo: Is That You In The Blue?

Drop everything. This is the most kickass album you've heard all year. "Is That You In The Blue?" is the second record for the brother-sister duo, and it's clear here why Dex was a -- or the -- major influence on Jack White. Just drop everything, listen to the podcast and get yourselves at least 10 percent cooler.

Duration: 00:20:00

Bon Iver: Bon Iver

The eponymous second full-length release from Wisconsin-based Justin Vernon, performing as Bon Iver, is a departure for the critically acclaimed rocker. Do we dig it? Yes, Meh, and Meh-Plus.

Duration: 00:18:30

The Antlers: Burst Apart

Burst Apart is the second full-length record from Brooklyn-based The Antlers, and it's on our short list of albums of the year.

Duration: 00:21:30

Amanda Shires: Carrying Lightning

Amanda Shires, a Texas singer-songwriter with a flair for fiddle and ukulele, has us generally all a-swoon over Carrying Lightning, her most recent release.

Duration: 00:22:00

Destroyer: Kaputt

Canadian indie rocker Dan Bejar has us all a-dazzle with Kaputt, the latest from his Destroyer project. While he's a member of the New Pornographers, we find similarities in this effort with those of bands such as Roxy Music and Prefab Sprout. Take a listen; you won't be disappointed.

Duration: 00:21:12

The Decemberists: The King Is Dead

The King Is Dead, the latest from The Decemberists, features familiar themes and voices (and guitars, in the case of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, who joins). Or is it a departure? And is it charming or repulsive? For such a great record, we really can't agree on much.

Duration: 00:20:00

The Top 10 Records of 2010

Your friends at Soundcheck have consulted and agree: 2010 has been one of the best years for music in at least a decade. From Frightened Rabbit and Beach House to The National and Rush, there's been something for just about everyone. Here, we give you our top 10 records of the year, and one added honorable mention that really put a ribbon on it. Thanks for listening!

Duration: 00:59:22

Superchunk: Majesty Shredding

Majesty Shredding, the long-awaited ninth album from old-schoolers Superchunk, rocks pretty hard. But is that a good thing? We shred through the cheese.

Duration: 00:19:00

Robyn: Body Talk -- The best in dance pop?

Swedish dance-pop phenom Robyn recently released Body Talk, actually a trilogy of EPs released during 2010. As far as electronic dance records go, we agree that Robyn is doing it better than anyone else these days -- including Lady Gaga. That's right. Oh, and she uses a lot of four-letter words, so, you know, fair warning.

Duration: 00:18:34

Cee Lo Green: F**k You -- The best song of 2010?

Sure, F**k You is a terrific single -- but how does the rest of Cee Lo's latest record, The Lady Killer, measure up? How about among the best of 2010? You heard that right.

Duration: 00:16:20

OFF! Punk rock returns!

Old-school punkers OFF! are releasing a collection of 16 songs in under 18 minutes that prove punk is alive and well. Or, is this just more evidence that punk died decades ago, despite this effort from formermembers of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Burning Brides and othersto reclaim their glory days? Fair warning about some colorful language here.

Duration: 00:10:25

Warpaint: The Fool

The Fool, the first full-length effort from the L.A. all-female quartet Warpaint, is a dreamy blend of texture and tone. We approve -- and not only because we, too, are a dreamy blend of texture and tone.

Duration: 00:14:20

Grinderman: Grinderman 2 -- A whole lot of rock.

Grinderman is the band that succeeds Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, in that it comprises Nick Cave and former members of the Bad Seeds. So is this just another Bad Seeds record, or something new? Check it out, dear listeners.

Duration: 00:14:14

Philip Selway: Familial

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway has offered a record of his own: Familial, a quiet and nearly percussion-free effort that is nuanced and introspective. Some of us may find it a wee bit boring, but there's a backstory to it that makes all the difference.

Duration: 00:14:00

Damien Jurado and Richard Swift: Two Dudes, Two Records

Damien Jurado's solo album St. Bartlett was produced by Richard Swift, himself a successful independent singer-songwriter. The duo spent a few days together at the end of August and banged out another record of cover songs, written by acts as diverse as John Denver and Kraftwerk, and they make them completely their own. Confused? We unravel it all.

Duration: 00:22:58

Best Coast: Crazy For You, But Are We Crazy About This Record?

Crazy For You, the latest from Best Coast, is awash in good vibes and reverb. Is it too much, or too little, of a good thing? You podcast pals engage in a triumphant discussion.

Duration: 00:15:26

Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone, the latest from gospel legend Mavis Staples, adds just the right amount of Now to a whole good lotta Then.

Duration: 00:20:24

Villagers: Becoming A Jackal

Becoming A Jackal, the full-length debut from Villagers, is lyrically rich, thematically brilliant and musically delightful. Don't miss it -- or this equally rich, brilliant and delightful podcast about the record.

Duration: 00:24:00

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