Album leak: ‘All Together Now’ by Better Than Ezra

BY RAY VAN DUSEN Used to, in our younger days, a Better Than Ezra release would constitute a series of road trips to truly soak it in while making memories with the 13 or so tracks on continuous loops. Thanks to an online first listen six days before the Tuesday release of the New Orleans.. read more →

Pistol Annies show off with ‘Annie Up’

There’s Pistol Annies, and then there’s everybody else. No one else in mainstream country is making music as honest, smart and fun as this band. The Annies, made up of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, created a wonderful debut, “Hell on Heels,” but the band’s newest, “Annie Up,” is even better. The sassy.. read more →

My favorite music of 2012

To close out each year, my Album Club meets in December to share our favorite music of the year. We usually bring CDs featuring our favorite songs. I try to pick songs/artists that weren’t especially huge or all over the radio/TV, but I usually include a list of the more popular stuff that I loved,.. read more →

Macklemore: He’s got a point…

It’s not every day you listen to a record and think, with nearly every song, “Hey, dude has a point.” But that’s what I’ve been doing with “The Heist,” the new CD by rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis. He’s released several EPs and mixtapes over the years but “The Heist” is his debut studio.. read more →