Evoking best elements from post-punk and new wave, Gauche offers up an impolite and delightful debut album.
For Bark, the question isn't whether life's glass is half-full or half-empty; the point is to drink it all in deeply because it's the only glass we get. This is music that celebrates life despite its necessary pains and setbacks.
Not just for those who've been to Jazz Fest, this collection offers a distillation of the diverse, whimsical, resolute, occasionally profane, and always heartfelt spirit of New Orleans.
The inversion of British folk and the invention of British folk-rock is catalogued here in all of its stormy and delicate variety.
With his second collection of solo piano pieces, Eluvium offers the most accessible presentation of his musical persona yet.
With the release of their second record, folk duo Ordinary Elephant have become a full-time entity, and this exceptional release promises a long career worth following ahead.
It sounds like the 21st century Dream Syndicate is here to stay with These Times, and that's worth celebrating.
The Yawpers give themselves a big head start as contenders for best rock and roll record of the year with Human Question.
Quiet and confident, Damien Jurado gives us ten songs bared to the bone but filled with soul on It Took the Shape of a Storm.
Shovels & Rope's By Blood is a record that smacks you in the face as a first impression, but then, still demands time to give up its secrets and grow on you. Give it the time.
I'm a Freak 2 Baby: A Further Journey Through the British Heavy Psych & Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-73
Heavy, hairy, stoned, and scary: before the punks tuned out these bands were turning it up while turning on.
John Smith's Hummingbird is poised to introduce an artist John Renbourn once called "the future of folk music" to a worldwide audience.
There Will Be No Intermission is a triumphant return for an uncompromising artist, and it's the best piece of work that Amanda Palmer has produced in her career.
This excellent single-CD anthology celebrates the short-lived but important Ric and Ron Records, whose early 1960s releases captured the bubbling stew of street blues, jazz, and soul that would coalesce into the commercial pop sounds that identify New Orleans' diverse yet distinct music today.
"Psychedelic Country Soul" could have been the tagline on the Long Ryders' business cards in the 1980s, and the tag still fits 30 years on as they remain masters in combining all of the above.
After a ten-year absence, master folk songwriter Pierce Pettis returns with a confident and compelling collection of songs in Father's Son.
John McCutcheon's 40th record celebrates the depth of Pete Seeger's influence by embracing the breadth of the music he inspired.
Divine Weeks' farewell record is for anyone who has ever raised a fist or lighter (or even a god-forbid cell-phone) at a rock and roll show, lost in the passion of the moment.
Michael Rank's I Fell in Love with You Tonight is a hip-swaying, infectious brew of songs from an unlikely source.
Anna Calvi's Hunter is a liberating, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll album that tears blind masculinity to shreds while redefining feminine power and desire.