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In 2011, an eponymous, self-recorded EP led to touring, and before long The Lumineers started attracting devout fans. They're drawn by songs like "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love," Americana-inflected barn burners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. The roots revival has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.
The Lumineers
The Lumineers
Morning Song
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Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note: The Complete Recordings
Keith Jarrett
La Valse Bleue
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2000
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New York guitar prodigy Joe Bonamassa opened for B.B. King before he was a teen, but blues is just the springboard for the sound on this second solo outing. Bonamassa spotlights his songwriting this time, using his fluid and fiery guitar work to punctuate muscular melodies more akin to anthemic arena rock than basic blues. While Bonamassa's debut disc, A New Day Yesterday, featured a supporting cast of Gregg Allman, Rick Derringer, and Leslie West, the follow-up keeps the focus on his power trio, with drummer Kenny Kramme and bassist Eric Czar providing most of the accompaniment (although keyboardist Cliff Magness creatively colors around the edges). Bonamassa is indeed a certifiable fretboard phenom, consistently capable of startlingly effective solos, but he's also a strong singer, and that's what makes the collection of songs, a dozen of the 13 cowritten by Bonamassa, successful. The title track, complete with a sizzling solo, sustains a Southern blues-rock feel, but most of the other songs, such as the power pop "Unbroken," the hard-rocking "Sick in Love," and the retro "Never Said Goodbye," which features Bonamassa on mandolin, showcase his abilities in different stylistic settings. --Michael Point
So It's Like That
Joe Bonamassa
The Hard Way
Genre: Blues
Year: 2002
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"Play with Fire", is The Reign of Kindo's 3rd full length record and 1st with newest member Danny Pizarro Jr. on piano. Newly relocated to New York City as a base, Kindo has released possibly their best record yet. The record starts out with "The Hero, The Saint, The Tyrant, and The Terrorist a song that screams "The Reign of Kindo" and would be a fit on any thier first two records. "Help It" has a killer bass line and sounds like every band member is having a musical conversation with one another, a perfectly in sync and melodic conversation. "Sing When No Ones Around" is more guitar driven than past records and the percussion kills when it comes in. "Dust" is a brilliant tune pulsing with rythym and slide guitar licks. Rare is it to find modern music that pinpoints the middle ground between a respect for past greats and a boldness to pave tomorrow. This is, quite modestly, the definition of The Reign of Kindo. Citing influences from Dave Brubeck to Ben Folds to Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to John Mayer, there's not a degree of pomposity in this sound, just an honesty in the group's craft to blend such diverse influences into an identity
Play with Fire
The Reign Of Kindo
The Man, The Wood & The Stone
Genre: Rock
Year: 2013
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Listening to the high-energy, florid runs, quirky twists, and trademark whines that tattoo "Bouncin' with Bud," the opening track of Whisper Not, it's hard to believe that Keith Jarrett was still in the throes of chronic fatigue syndrome when his trio recorded this date in Paris in July 1999. This isn't the Keith Jarrett of moody ruminations we heard on his solo CD The Melody at Night, with You, released in the fall of 1999. Whisper Not is closer to the Jarrett who launched the Standards Trio with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock in 1983. The trio is still mining the songs of their youth, resurrecting "Poinciana," a signature song of Ahmad Jamal, an early Jarrett influence, and paying tribute to the bop masters with a rollicking take on Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High" and a sophisticated excursion into Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight." The interplay between these three musicians has never been higher, operating at a level beyond intuition, playing inside each other's heads. --John Diliberto
Whisper Not
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
What Is This Thing Called Love
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2000
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Listening to the high-energy, florid runs, quirky twists, and trademark whines that tattoo "Bouncin' with Bud," the opening track of Whisper Not, it's hard to believe that Keith Jarrett was still in the throes of chronic fatigue syndrome when his trio recorded this date in Paris in July 1999. This isn't the Keith Jarrett of moody ruminations we heard on his solo CD The Melody at Night, with You, released in the fall of 1999. Whisper Not is closer to the Jarrett who launched the Standards Trio with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock in 1983. The trio is still mining the songs of their youth, resurrecting "Poinciana," a signature song of Ahmad Jamal, an early Jarrett influence, and paying tribute to the bop masters with a rollicking take on Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High" and a sophisticated excursion into Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight." The interplay between these three musicians has never been higher, operating at a level beyond intuition, playing inside each other's heads. --John Diliberto
Whisper Not
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
What Is This Thing Called Love
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2000
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Strata
Steve Roach & Robert Rich
Magma
Genre: Dance & DJ
Year: 1990
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Aural archaeologists Rich and Steve Roach delve deep into the strata of the primordial mind in this acclaimed 1990 collaboration. They forge a symbiotic artistic alliance where their signature sonic motifs are generally abandoned for the sake of a collective sound. Implementing their combined arsenal of synths, samplers, flutes, drums, and steel guitar, the duo creates a variety of moods and atmospheres--serene ambiences ("The Grotto of Time Lost"), ritualistic, rhythmic invocations ("Fearless"), intense dark ambient spaces ("Magma"), and surreal, bubbling soundscapes ("Persistence of Memory [For Dali]"). As with their other works, the composers utilize a balanced blend of organic and electronic instrumentation in an exploration of the human psyche that is simultaneously primal and cerebral. This album was a critical and commercial success, remaining on the Billboard New Age charts for several months after its initial release. --Bryan Reesman
Strata
Steve Roach & Robert Rich
Magma
Genre: Dance & DJ
Year: 1990
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What a return to form for Rundgren! Arena's baker's dozen, one-word-named tunes are from another time entirely: thoughtful, intense and expertly crafted rock songs that straddle the line between pop and prog. Rundgren continues to make music that pushes the envelope of his best work, regardless of current musical trends. The great songwriter and genius producer of Cheap Trick, the Runaways, Meat Loaf, Hall and Oates, and XTC is neither resting on his laurels nor performing his greatest hits at the Kansas state fair--although he did assume Rix Ocasek’s mantle with the New Cars, but that's something else entirely. The album title is ironic. Music like this hasn't been an arena draw in twenty-plus years. --Mike McGonigal
Arena
Todd Rundgren
Gun
Genre: Rock
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Radiance
Keith Jarrett
Radiance, Pt. 10
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2005
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
Head Down
Year: 2008
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
Echoplex
Year: 2008
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
Discipline
Year: 2008
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
Letting You
Year: 2008
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The Seeds
The Seeds
Pushin' Too Hard
Genre: Rock
Year: 1966
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The Seeds
The Seeds
Pushin' Too Hard
Genre: Rock
Year: 1966
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Only was Tommy Emmanuel's first all acoustic album. Armed with 'only' his acoustic guitar, Tommy blasted the boundaries of the acoustic genre with a musicality and passion that arguably eclipses his command of the instrument. Only is a deeply intimate encounter with one of the world's great performers, and a technique that guitar enthusiasts, critics, and peers of the world stage describe as 'frightening'. This Special Edition Includes Bonus Tracks of previously unreleased recordings. Remixed & Remastered by the original engineer/producer.Best Fingerstyle Guitarist in Acoustic Guitar Players Choice Awards 2008!
Only (Special Edition) [Remastered]
Tommy Emmanuel
The Hunt
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2000
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Even John Hiatt's most ardent fans weren't ready for this masterpiece to be dropped in their laps in 1987. Hiatt had spent most of the 70's and 80's playing pick-a-style, bouncing from southern country rock to Elvis Costello redux and back again. With Family, though, he pared away every bit of excess and delivered his best set of songs with the understated, impossibly tasteful backing of Nick Lowe on bass, Ry Cooder on guitar and Jim Keltner on drums. Hiatt's sober, uncompromising examination of his previously drunken life was breathtaking; producing instant classics in "Have a Little Faith in Me" and "Thing Called Love." Family remains a landmark of adult album rock. --Michael Ruby
Bring the Family
John Hiatt
Tip of My Tongue
Genre: Rock
Year: 1987
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Nirvana made a lot of things irrelevant when Nevermind was released in 1991. Among the most unfortunate casualties caught inside the blast radius were the B-52's. Just two years prior, they had released their very first mainstream breakthrough album, Cosmic Thing. This album was featherweight, sun-kissed, playfully pansexual and, most importantly, danceable. Tracks like "Love Shack" and "Roam" reminded us there could be fun without responsibility. Alternately kitschy and lazy (I still insist that "Deadbeat Club" was a slacker anthem long before Beck's "Loser"), Cosmic Thing took the B-52's signature Trekkie-camp sensibility and slowed it down just enough to click on MTV and portable radios wonderfully. And let's be honest, anyway: would you rather road-trip to Kurt's sad refrain of "Well, whatever, nevermind" or Fred Schneider belting out, "The whole shack shimmies!!" at the top of his lungs? On second thought, don't answer that. --Todd Levin
Cosmic Thing
The B-52's
Love Shack
Genre: Alternative
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Dizzy Heights
Neil Finn
Flying In The Face Of Love
Genre: Rock
Year: 2014
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
Corona Radiata
Year: 2008
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
Lights in the Sky
Year: 2008
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
Echoplex
Year: 2008
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
Letting You
Year: 2008
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
1,000,000
Year: 2008
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The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
1,000,000
Year: 2008
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The Slip (also known as Halo 27) is the eighth major studio release by Industrial Rock act Nine Inch Nails. The album was produced by Trent Reznor alongside Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder. The album features vocals and traditional song structures, unlike its 2008 counterpart Ghosts I-IV. Much like Ghosts I-IV, the album was released under a Creative Commons license, allowing fans to remix and reuse all or part of the album non-commercially. A tour for the album, entitled "Lights in the Sky 2008", begins in late July and will take place over most of North and South America.
The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
1,000,000
Year: 2008
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The Slip (also known as Halo 27) is the eighth major studio release by Industrial Rock act Nine Inch Nails. The album was produced by Trent Reznor alongside Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder. The album features vocals and traditional song structures, unlike its 2008 counterpart Ghosts I-IV. Much like Ghosts I-IV, the album was released under a Creative Commons license, allowing fans to remix and reuse all or part of the album non-commercially. A tour for the album, entitled "Lights in the Sky 2008", begins in late July and will take place over most of North and South America.
The Slip
Nine Inch Nails
999,999
Year: 2008
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The title track on Shawn Colvin's Steady On fits well as the folk singer's theme song. "I'm Gonna Keep My Head on Straight," she sings, "I Just Hope It's Not Too Late." That Colvin has been one of contemporary folk's most endearing performers not only underscores the subject of her songs but suggests her true appeal--heartfelt, often confessional lyrics and well-crafted melodies that evoke a broad palette of emotions. While she is strong on delicate balladry like "Shotgun Down the Alley," Colvin's forte is turning up the tempo and giving us folk songs with rock & roll gusto. --Nick Heil
Steady On
Shawn Colvin
Diamond In The Rough
Genre: Folk
Year: 1989
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Lucinda Williams makes this whole music thing seem so simple: Write in plain language about the people and places that crowd your memory; add subtle flavors of a mandolin here, a Dobro there, perhaps an accordion or slide guitar; above all, sing as honestly and naturally as you can. Of course, it took her six years to achieve this simplicity, an amazing achievement considering the number of knobs that were turned. Her exquisite voice moans and groans and slips and slides--she delivers a polished tone in a coarse manner. On the superb "Concrete and Barbed Wire," soft acoustic guitars are punctuated by electric slide, accordion, mandolin, and Steve Earle's harmony. Williams's deeply personal stories are matched with bluesy rumbles, raunchy grooves, and plaintive whispers. The entire Deep South is reduced to a sleepy small town filled with ex-lovers, dive bars, and endless gravel roads. --Marc Greilsamer
Car Wheels On a Gravel Road
Lucinda Williams
Drunken Angel
Genre: Rock
Year: 2006
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CD created "for continuous playback". One track (73:59).
The Dream Circle
Steve Roach
The Dream Circle
Genre: New Age
Year: 1999
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Tokyo '96
Keith Jarrett
Never Let Me Go
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2000
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Tokyo '96
Keith Jarrett
Never Let Me Go
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2000
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Tokyo '96
Keith Jarrett
Never Let Me Go
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2000
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Tokyo '96
Keith Jarrett
Never Let Me Go
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2000
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Before the Mars Volta made prog-metal fashionable again--with a little help from the Dillinger Escape Plan and My Chemical Romance--Porcupine Tree's 2002 US debut, In Abstentia, had already laid most of the groundwork. For the middle-aged British quartet led by Steven Wilson, '70s rockers like Rush and Yes (with whom the group toured after the album's release) never went out of style but instead left behind grandiose scriptures to be studied for all of eternity. So while tighter and more efficient in spots ("Shallow," "Halo"), Porcupine Tree's Deadwing faithfully keeps the technically proficient epics coming, peaking with multi-tentacled 12-minute "Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here)." --Aidin Vaziri
Deadwing
Porcupine Tree
The Start of Something Beautiful
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2005
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Solo Acoustic Guitar (Bass, Fiddle, & Percussion) Antoine Dufours’ thirteen original compositions come to life on this CD. Naissance (Birth) is a fitting title for this CD as it is his first completely original and solo project. The CD is receiving critical acclaim and along with appearances and awards at major festivals, Antoine is building a National reputation for innovation and creativity.
Naissance
Antoine Dufour
Glimmer of Hope
Genre: Folk
Year: 2006
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Ben Folds Five
Ben Folds Five
Sports & Wine
Genre: Alternative & Punk
Year: 1995
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Tooth of Crime
T-Bone Burnett
Dope Island
Genre: Rock
Year: 2008
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Billy Bragg's Album
Billy Bragg
Rachel Corrie
Genre: Blues
Year: 2006
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