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Coming off one of the most successful albums of her career, Neko Case reflects on the past four years with her new release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Unfortunately the years between albums were spent dealing with the loss of family members and the grief that unavoidably followed. As a result, this new album is perhaps her most personal record to date. But as you'll hear, Case's strong-willed persona maintains as does her signature storytelling and dazzling vocals.

By now we know the marriage of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks has resulted in one of finest husband & wife combos currently in music. And still the Tedeschi Trucks Band is really as much about the sum of its parts as it is about its two centerpieces. Made Up Mind helps to illustrate that point, as the band shows off its all-around skillful musicianship and a variety of songwriting combinations that help take this album to the next level.
Paradise Valley picks up where John Mayer’s Born And Raised left off; on the breezy, soft rock and acoustic side of the singer-songwriter street. The Don Was produced album is Mayer’s sixth studio release. Tender and yielding, melodically infectious, and deftly performed, the eleven-song collection is also a somewhat country-flavored affair.
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.

The Civil Wars burst onto the music scene just a few years ago with the release of their debut album Barton Hollow. And while the songs and music were endearing, the most attractive quality of all was the one-of-a-kind chemistry between singers Joy Williams and John Paul White. The two singers, who met at a songwriting seminar of all places, wasted no time stunning audiences with charismatic live performances and rode that wave of engagement to the Grammy awards where they took home multiple awards. That fairytale story fizzled as the duo decided to take an extended break with no current plans of taking the stage together again. Yet, with that said, the duo did finish their next recording. It's a reflective, self-titled album that may or may not tell the story of 'what happened' but regardless will satisfy the musical void that has been created.

For years now, the name Ethan Johns was one that graced the liner notes of some of our favorite records. Now the producer-turned-frontman will have his name gracing the marquees of music venues and critics lists with the release of his first solo album. As the title suggests, If Not Now Then When?, embarking on his own performing career was something that's probably been in the works for a while now and has finally come to fruition.

Ethan is the son of legendary record producer Glyn Johns, who himself sat in the studio with legendary artists like Bob Dylan, The Stones, Zeppelin and The Clash (to name a few!). Ethan has followed in his father's footsteps building a solid resume himself. He's worked with some of the current generations most notable acts like Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams and Laura Marling.
Read our review, listen to the new album and get ready to see the band this Friday night at #xpnfest
Hawthorne has transformed himself from underground indie-soul curiosity to imminent star. Listen to the album and read the full review!
Meet the Philadelphia three-piece The Fleeting Ends. Matt Vantine, Matt Amadio and Russell Langley have been playing together for a handful of years now, concocting a powerful pop-rock blend that is undeniably infectious. On their latest full length album, Our Eyes Are Peeled, the Philly trio graduate to a new level, offering their most fully realized collection of songs to date and a perfect feel-good soundtrack to our summer.
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.
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