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Switchfoot ‘Covers’ A Lot On Its Latest Album

Switchfoot | Covers | (Fantasy Records)4 out of 5 stars Following 11 celebrated studio albums released over their illustrious twenty-year career, San Diego rock outfit, Switchfoot, never fails to stay culturally relevant – perhaps now more than...

Punked! The Country Westerns Don’t Play Country Western Music

Country Westerns | Country Westerns | (Fat Possum)4 out of 5 stars They are based in Nashville and are named Country Westerns so it’s a cinch to pigeonhole this outfit’s sound before you even hear a...

Will Hoge Shares Scenes for a Singular Career on ‘Tiny Little Movies’

Will Hoge | Tiny Little Movies | (Thirty Tigers)Four out of Five Stars Will Hoge is a resilient rocker. An effusive artist, he’s released a steady stream of exceptional albums that succeed in rousing...

The Solo ‘Monovision’ Returns Ray LaMontagne to His Organic Roots

Ray LaMontagne | Monovision | (RCA)4 out of 5 stars Now that singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne has gotten the space rock of his previous two releases out of his system, it’s back to basics on...

Neil Young Belatedly Shares His Home Grown Stash

Neil Young | Homegrown | (Reprise)3.5 out of Five stars It’s little wonder that any archival Neil Young album takes on a legendary standing. Never mind the fact that he’s become one of rock’s more prolific...

Singer/Songwriter Grayson Capps Gets an Overview of His Largely Overlooked Talents

Grayson Capps | South Front Street | (The Royal Potato Family)4 out of 5 stars The “capps” in the band called Willie Sugarcapps has the first name of Grayson and a thick catalog packed with rugged,...

Contemporary Southern Rockers Cover Capricorn Classics

Blackberry Smoke | Live From Capricorn Sound Studios-EP | (3 Legged Records)3 1/2 out of 5 stars Having the foremost contemporary Southern rock band record Southern rock classics in Macon, GA’s legendary Capricorn studios is a...

Five Favorite Song Discards

On our favorite songs which were ultimately left off of great albums Steely Dan, "The Second Arrangement," a discard from Gaucho, their seventh studio album, released in 1980. It's one of several...

Phoebe Bridgers Casts Songwriting Into Fire and Brimstone on ‘Punisher’

Phoebe Bridgers | Punisher | (Dead Oceans) 4 out of 5 stars Phoebe Bridgers collects up her wounds as bones in a graveyard. Her songwriting always hangs in limbo, somewhere between life’s luminescence and...

The National Parks Invite You To Come Take a Visit

The National Parks | Wildflower | (independent)3.5 out of 5 Stars In many ways, the National Parks are the perfect pop band. They’re giddy when the mood calls for it, and tender and charming whenever further enticement...
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The Best Albums Of 2020, So Far

It is now July 2, the 183rd day of 2020, and we are now officially into the...
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