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April 2014 CD of the Month - WXPN Artist To Watch, Lake Street Dive, released their album, Bad Self Portraits. Recent appearances on The Colbert Report, Letterman, and a critically acclaimed performance at the “Another Day/Another Time” concert celebrating the music of Inside Llewyn Davis concert last September at New York’s Town Hall has set this band into a rising star trajectory.
March 2014 CD of the Month - WXPN Artist To Watch, Temples, released their debut album Sun Structures on February 11th. The album has a big Phil Spector-esque Wall of Sound sound that’s heavy on infectious melodies, a big drum sound and glorious guitars.
February 2014 CD of the Month - In the current climate of music there is certainly no lack of talented singer-songwriters. With that said, it's even more impressive when an unsigned, independent voice can grab your attention.
January 2014 CD of the Month - As the Texas based band Midlake were in the middle of recording a new album last year, their frontman Tim Smith decided to part ways. At a crossroads such as that, most bands would probably decide to call it quits.
December 2013 CD of the Month - Chances are you've come across the work of Jonathan Wilson, even if his name doesn't ring familiar right away. He's been a staple of the revitalized Laurel Canyon music scene out in California. His work as a producer can be heard on records from artists like Dawes, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, and Father John Misty.
November 2013 CD of the Month
I’ve been a fan of Moby’s music since Play (1999), when after its release it quickly became one of my Top 10 albums of all time.
He recently released his new album Innocents and YES it’s going to be one of my Top 10 albums of 2013!
From her distinctive voice, to a vast array of influences, and even her signature dreadlocks there's little about Valerie June that doesn't garner intrigue. From Memphis, Tennessee, June squashes expectations and dismisses genre labels with the release of her first full-length album, Pushin' Against A Stone. June has been working at her craft for some years now, self-releasing 3 EPs and lining up fans that range from Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys to producer/songwriter/musician Richard Swift and even a soul legend like Booker T. Jones. All of these men lend a helping hand on Valerie's debut, which is sure to only broaden her fan base.
Much of the greatness of this album comes in the form of love songs and ballads, and Isbell's pairing with alt-country fave, Kim Richey on "Stockholm" is nothing short of gorgeous.
Southeastern is the new album from singer songwriter Jason Isbell, and quite simply it's satisfying on a number of levels. First and foremost, it's an album that reflects the sober and rejuvenated lifestyle of a songwriter who for years, many had pegged with potential greatness. As a collection of songs, it's as honest an album as we've heard in quite some time and musically it's warm and comforting. With Southeastern the shadow of once being a member of the Drive-By Truckers has all but disappeared with Jason's own artistry taking center stage.
Even before she released her debut album, Sing to the Moon on Columbia, the buzz and anticipation surrounding Laura Mvula was building. And it's easy to understand why after just one listen. The English singer possesses a rare charisma and one of the most beautiful voices we've heard in some while. Unlike many of the British female soul singers to emerge over the last several years, whether it be Amy Winehouse, Adele, or Emeli Sande, Mvula sets herself apart aiming not to overpower her audiences but rather to seduce them. With the songs of Sing to the Moon, her enchanting debut, she succeeds.