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- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Category Archives: Alt-Indie
Glen Hansard’s second solo CD, Didn’t He Ramble, is an intimate album from the acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter, who sees life as a mysterious and spiritual journey. Produced by Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens) and Grammy winner and ex-Frames band-mate David Odlum, … Continue reading
On Bobby Long’s third recording, Ode to Thinking, the British-born singer-songwriter returned to basics—writing songs on his acoustic guitar and testing them at shows before going into the studio. The result is 11 songs by an acute observer of the … Continue reading
Alicia Witt is best known as a television and movie actress, whose credits include The Sopranos. Yet Witt also has been a classically trained pianist since childhood and a singer-songwriter since her late teens. Her third album, Revisionary History, is … Continue reading
Pat McGee’s self-titled latest CD is a dream come true. Though he’s been writing and performing for 20 years, McGee decided to emulate the timeless music that first inspired him. What he did not expect was "The Section," or musicians … Continue reading
The Barr Brothers’ second CD, Sleeping Operator, wonderfully showcases the quartet’s sublime and compelling world-folk sound. The brothers, guitarist Brad, and drummer Andrew, toured for 15 years in The Slip, a top jam band. After moving to Montreal, they met … Continue reading
After more than a decade as the acclaimed frontman for The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser has recorded his first solo recording, Black Hours. The CD showcases his magnificent voice in an array of settings ranging moody minimal night music to more … Continue reading
Dan Wilson is known as the frontman of the late ’90s chart-topping rock band Semisonic, but in recent years his focus has turned to songwriting, with great success. Wilson’s Grammy-winning songwriting can be found Adele’s multi-platinum album 21, the Dixie … Continue reading
Tonic frontman/songwriter Emerson Hart second solo recording, Beauty in Disrepair, celebrates the untidy aspects of life, the messy wonder of aging and how broken things can ultimately be fixed. The CD’s dozen songs were written as Hart rebounded from a … Continue reading
Micheal and Lisa Gungor, the husband-and-wife team that leads the Grammy-nominated progressive Christian collective known as Gungor, present the latest stage in their musical-spiritual journey in I Am Mountain. The sweeping and alluring recording recalls artsy progressive pop-rock from the … Continue reading
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, the beloved duo, teamed up with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone, to create their third studio album, Wassaic Way. Guthrie and Irion, who are married and whose family includes folk legends, present 11 … Continue reading