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Nuvo Picks Music Blog

City and Colour

Monday, October 12, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Willfully and atmospherically moody, the latest from City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You, features some intoxicatingly bluesy rock tracks, built on well-played guitar and powered by the evocative quality of Dallas Green’s vocals.


Keith Richards

Monday, September 21, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

I didn’t really expect to like the new Keith Richards album; I honestly hadn’t made plans to even hear it out. But sometimes music surprises you.

Released last week, Crosseyed Heart is the third solo offering from the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist – and the first in 20+ years. During his session with NPR’s World Café (the engine behind my surprising encounter), Keith and host David Dye discussed the myriad of influences and styles found on the record – including inspiration taken from a book sent to Mr. Richard’s by one Tom Waits (because apparently, just as in my imagination, musical icons are pen pals?).  Elements from blues and folk, obviously rock, and even reggae, come into play on the tracks of the album, with the raspy speak-singing style of Keith a constant throughout.

My favorite track, “Illusion,” is a lovely and compelling, though uncomplicated, duet with Norah Jones. Hear it here:


JD McPherson

Monday, August 3, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Rockabilly & roller skates! JD McPherson’s second album, Let the Good Times Roll, released earlier this year and the collection of tin-twanged retro rock is often raucous, and bluesy, and fun. I’d recommend JD to fans of the Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, or Gary Clark Jr. And, in the video below, my favorite track from the album, “Head Over Heels,” gets the added appeal of a great vintage roller rink setting – which means I now feel particularly inclined to strap on my skates & rock out. Let the good times roll, indeed.


Diamond Rugs

Monday, July 20, 2015 | by Dennis Brandt

Diamond Rugs’ second release is a “must listen” and an “inevitably own.” The band is sort of an anti-super group, with John McCauley and Robbie Crowell on guitar and keyboard respectively (each members of Rhode Island’s Deer Tick). The band also consists of Ian Saint Pé of the Black Lips, along with Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite.  The band plays a trashy but accessible style of alt country and blues.  The sophomore album starts with “Voodoo Doll” – a great bluesy guitar introduction accompanied with Berlin’s saxophone before going into a story of a woman stalking the protagonist of the song (John McCauley).  This album is perfect for fans of Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, and Deer Tick. I also highly recommend Diamond Rugs self-titled first release as well.

Key Tracks: “Live and Shout it,” “Killin’ Time,” “Ain’t Religion,” and “Blame.”


George Ezra

Monday, July 6, 2015 | by Jennifer Brandt

When you hear George Ezra’s soulful, deep bass-baritone voice you think you’re listening to a much older person, but he’s actually very young (and quite good-looking).  This English singer-songwriter has been on a steady climb to success since he was discovered on YouTube at 18 years old.  Now, at 22, his debut studio album, Wanted on Voyage, has reached number one in the UK.  He grew up listening to American folk and blues artists like Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Lead Belly, and these musical influences are quite evident in his bluesy swoon-worthy songs.