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The Lonesome Trio

Monday, June 29, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Ed Helms' new bluegrass album is nothing to laugh about. Long beloved for his contributions to comedy (he was one of my favorite Daily Show correspondents well before he found his way into the casts of The Office and The Hangover), it’s never been a secret that the man is musically inclined. But with this new album, where Ed performs as one third of The Lonesome Trio, I’m prepared to take his talent a bit more seriously. Should you be the type who enjoys bluegrass (as a Kentucky native I really don’t have much of a choice), have a taste of the band’s debut album below:

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Leon Bridges

Monday, June 1, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Leon Bridges sounds like a time machine. When I first heard the title track from his upcoming debut album, Coming Home, I thought it was some mysteriously unheard of gem straight out of the early 60s R&B scene. However, though studiously and marvelously reminiscent of icons like Sam Cooke or Otis Redding, Leon is a young soul and Gospel singer out of Texas, and just getting started. Check out the charming “Coming Home” below, and if you like what you hear be sure to keep an ear out for the full album, due out June 23rd.

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Years and Years

Monday, March 16, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Well, I actually think this week’s pick is almost painfully catchy. The latest single from Brit-Australian trio Years & Years, “King,” was released earlier this month and offers an addictive blend of electro-pop beats and R&B-stylized vocals, very representative of the band’s overall sound. Citing influences like Flying Lotus and Radiohead, Years & Years started this year by winning the BBC Sound of 2015, and with “King” already hitting #1 in the UK, that title might be entirely justified.

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The Revivalists

Monday, January 19, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

A 7-piece band from New Orleans who are well known for their excessively entertaining live performances, The Revivalists are my newest obsession. I caught their visit to NPR’s World Café last week, and have since listened to the songs from that set innumerable times, without tiring of them in the slightest. I just love the blend of rock/soul/blues, and the musicians’ obvious and immeasurable energy. Check out my favorite track below!

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Benjamin Booker

Monday, December 29, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

I have no idea how I missed Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut album when it dropped back in August, but I’m certainly grateful I have encountered it now. Roots-y rock (and blues, and soul) saturated with growling earnestness and unpolished energy, Benjamin’s album is not for sitting and relaxing. I find it impossible not to move some part of myself along to this music. Hailing from New Orleans, and apparently Jack White approved, his sound is somehow both fresh and familiar, and I’ll be crossing my fingers that this fellow will be hitting the music festival circuit somewhere nearby come summer.

At the moment, this is my favorite track from the album:

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Also: With 2014 wrapping up, countless listings have popped up of Top Ten (or Twenty, or Fifty) albums of the year. David Dye, host of NPR’s World Café and possibly the human being whose musical taste I trust most, offered up his ten picks of ’14 in the link below. Some inclusions had already made their way into my sphere of awareness (and onto this site), but there are a few albums on here that I’d missed and very much recommend checking out now:  

http://www.npr.org/blogs/world-cafe/2014/12/17/369856260/david-dyes-top-10-albums-of-2014