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David Byrne

On his first true solo album in 14 years, the quixotically-christened American Utopia, David Byrne has a lot on his mind — and while he's not feeling very positive, he's not steeped in gloom either.

Tracey Thorn

On Tracey Thorn's Record, a remarkable manifesto of women's voices (and guitars) dismantling the patriarchy, her measured, mellifluous alto has never sounded more commanding; it's a queen bee marvel, all honey and stings.

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile has done it again. On her new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, she mines deeper within herself to unearth songs of great emotion and substance.

Glen Hansard

Inspired by his affinity for sailing, Glen Hansard named his third solo album Between Two Shores. The phrase is a reference to the midway point in a sea voyage, when no land can be seen anywhere on the horizon. It’s this imagery that mirrors the album's emotional tug of war.


The aggressiveness of Calexico's The Thread That Keeps Us, released on January 26, is evidence that the band has unlimited ability and an unwillingness to play it safe.