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“The Idler Wheel…” by Fiona Apple

“The Idler Wheel…” by Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple’s name has become synonymous with independent music as we know it today—since her auspicious debut in 1996, the singer has become a figurehead for the found music sound and a first-person, exceedingly personal style that continues today. However, Apple barely knows how much she has affected the genre; in a recent interview, she […]

“Handwritten” by The Gaslight Anthem

“Handwritten” by The Gaslight Anthem

With their recent transition to major label Mercury Records in late 2011, fans of The Gaslight Anthem were left wondering if the New Brunswick natives would sacrifice their signature sound or still be able pull off another album riddled with Springsteen-infused punk. Needless to say, Gaslight has indeed done it again. Handwritten, the follow-up to […]

“Banga” by Patti Smith

“Banga” by Patti Smith

While she hasn’t had a true hit since 1978′s “Because The Night”, Patti Smith has come to occupy a unique position in the American music as one of the most iconoclastic, enduring, creative, and distinctive songwriters of her time. It’s difficult to review her albums because they don’t tend to compare to anything else; there are […]

“Our Version of Events” by Emeli Sandé

“Our Version of Events” by Emeli Sandé

It’s always exciting to get an album from an international artist who hasn’t yet it made it big overseas. We may not know her name yet in the States, but Emeli Sandé is certainly not new to the ears of Brits. A Scottish soul and R&B recording artist and songwriter, Sandé collaborated with Alicia Keys, […]

“Forever So” by Husky

“Forever So” by Husky

From its inception in the 80s, Sub-Pop has fostered a consistently impeccable lineup of artists ranging from the first heavy-hitters of grunge to current icons of indie rock such as The Shins. Proving their excellent tastes once again, the Seattle label is releasing Forever So, the debut album from Husky, who are one of the […]

“All Fall Down” by Shawn Colvin

“All Fall Down” by Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin, a WERS favorite, recently came into the studio to share her enthusiasm for All Fall Down, so to hear the album all laid out is truly a treat. While Colvin was here, she also shared her experience writing her memoir, “Diamond In The Rough”, where she opened up the struggle and triumphs of […]

“Big Station” by Alejandro Escovedo

“Big Station” by Alejandro Escovedo

Through 61 years, multiple bands, and twelve solo studio albums, Alejandro Escovedo has been an acclaimed underground success, and his new album, Big Station, is bringing him towards mainstream success. Escovedo’s sound has changed through the decades, starting in the 70s with the San Franciscan punk band The Nuns who gained fame by being one […]

“World of Wonder” by Alison Faith Levy

“World of Wonder” by Alison Faith Levy

If you’re a kid or just a kid at heart, you’ll love Alison Faith Levy’s new album, World of Wonder. Previously known as “Sippy Alison,” from The Sippy Cups — responsible for such hits as “Magic Toast” and “The Jellyfish” among many others — Levy took a short break from performing for children, but has […]

“Old Believers” by Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons

“Old Believers” by Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons

Americana folk rockers Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons released their sophomore album Old Believers last month under Readymade Records. Wisconsin natives Cory Chisel and Adriel Harris teamed up with producer Brendan Benson (of The Raconteurs) this time around. Benson’s hand in the album is made evident by the variety of pop, country and blues […]

“For Higher” by Ryan Montbleau

“For Higher” by Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau made a bold decision while creating his newest album, For Higher — he decided to record the entire thing without his band. He wanted something different, and different is definitely what he got. With the help of George Porter, Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne, and Simon Lott, Montbleau was able to compose an album […]

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