7inch Sunday: The Daredevil Christopher Wright / Cuddle Magic

The Daredevil Christopher Wright

7inch Sunday is a segment devoted entirely to 7” vinyl and the all-encompassing experience surrounding it. Although most publications cover major releases, the vinyl single is often overlooked and given nothing more than a half-hearted nod of acknowledgement. This weekly feature is a hub for 7” reviews, exploring the B-sides and rarities of artists that [...]

Stream: The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers

You can stream The Avett Brothers new album, The Carpenter, in its entirety two weeks before its release courtesy of NPR. Scott, Seth, and bassist Bob Crawford have once again set their sights on creating a fulfilling collection of songs rooted in their beloved brand of hook-filled bluegrass pop. This time around, the heavy theme [...]

Ben Taylor Announces Fall Tour, New Album Due August 14

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor Demonstrates Listening Is Not a Passive Activity Singer-songwriter Ben Taylor is readying himself for an extensive, nationwide fall tour in support of his first release of new music in four years. Taylor’s new album, Listening, will hit shelves on August 14 and should capitalize on all the justified acclaim he earned in 2008 [...]

Jack White, Alabama Shakes and Beach House Top NPR Readers’ Best of 2012 (So Far)

Jack White

Jack White holds the crown of current fan favorite in 2012 In case you missed it, NPR polled their readers over the past few weeks to see who would rise to the top of public opinion with the best album of the first half of 2012. The music-loving NPR fans contributed quite the extensive, distinguished [...]

Stream: Fiona Apple’s New Album


Fiona Apple’s first album seven years, “The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do,” drops June 19th, but to tide you over, you can listen to the album in it’s entirety at NPR.org. Tracklist: 1. Every Single Night 2. Daredevil [...]

Video: The Shins’ Exclusive NPR Webcast


Last night, The Shins performed at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge, and the exclusive concert was streamed live on NPR’s iPad app. The band performed songs from their forthcoming album Port of Morrow. Watch the performance below. Port of Morrow drops March 20th via Columbia Records/Mercer’s Aural Apothecary imprint.

Stream Sharon Van Etten’s “Tramp”


Sharon Van Etten’s will drop her third studio album, Tramp, on February 7th via Jagjaguwar. But in the meantime you can listen to all 12 tracks over at NPR.org. Paul McCartney will also be releasing a new album, Kisses on the Bottom, on February 7th. Click here to listen to entire album courtesy on NPR.

Liz Green: New Record, NPR Premiere, Euro Tour


U.K. singer Liz Green comes across as more of a purist purveyor of standards than anything else. Her style sits somewhere in the ‘new world’ category – that which is too clever and too educated to be classified as world, and not hokey enough to be classified as retro. It is much more the latter [...]