Thu January 19, 2012
The Record

'We Take Care Of Our Own': Springsteen's New Wave Of Social Protest

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:28 pm

Bruce Springsteen's latest album, Wrecking Ball, will be released March 6 on Columbia Records.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist


Thu January 19, 2012
Music Interviews

Kathleen Edwards: A Breakup Song's Bigger Picture

Kathleen Edwards' new album is Voyageur.
Tanja-Tiziana Burd

Kathleen Edwards is a singer-songwriter from Canada who just released her fourth album, Voyageur. There's a lot of heartache and self-doubt on the record, and that makes sense — much of it was written around the time of Edwards' divorce from her husband and musical collaborator. The song "Pink Champagne" would seem to be a case in point: It takes place at a wedding where a young bride is second-guessing her decision. But Edwards says the message of that song isn't quite so literal.

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Thu January 19, 2012
Favorite Sessions

Elbow: Success, A Lifetime In The Making

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 8:57 am

Elbow's new album is titled Build a Rocket, Boys!
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Few bands reach the height of their popularity and artistic might while simultaneously celebrating their 20th anniversary, but Elbow has done so, entering 2012 as one of Britain's most inspiring bands. With their magnificent fifth album (Build a Rocket Boys!), these five boyhood friends from Manchester — who marked their good fortune with a hearty onstage toast at every one of their 2011 shows — artfully tackle the ache of youth in hindsight and the encroaching anxiety of middle-aged regret.

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Thu January 19, 2012
World Cafe

The Little Willies On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 9:57 am

The Little Willies.
Courtesy of the artist

The informal nature of The Little Willies speaks to its members' chemistry and love of country-music classics; after all, their moniker is a tribute to country-music legend Willie Nelson.

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Thu January 19, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Jake Schepps' Expedition Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 8:24 am

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