Steve Earle's new 12-track set is the anticipated follow up to 2011's Grammy Award-nominated album 'I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive' and is the first billed as Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses). The album is also the first to feature 'The Dukes' band name since 1987's Exit 0.
Natalie Maines doesn't hesitate to make audacious moves, and wresting away "Mother" — Roger Waters' hymn to oppressive maternal authority figures from Pink Floyd — is the biggest one on her first solo album. Maines takes the "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall and deconstructs it, emotional brick by emotional brick.
While children hunted colorful eggs and families gathered for ham dinners, KEXP celebrated Easter in the best way we knew how: with a special seven-song session by Seattle's godfathers of grunge in Mudhoney. It was the perfect afternoon for wiry frontman Mark Arm to belt out his two-minute ode to the "grape that launched a thousand strippers" in the snarling "Chardonnay."
Seattle's Hey Marseilles formed around the collaboration between singer Matt Bishop and guitarist Nick Ward, back when the two were students at the University of Washington. The band has since grown into the septet that recorded Hey Marseilles' sincere and endearing new album, Lines We Trace.
Lunasa makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Paramount Theater in Bristol, Tenn./Va., in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music. Lunasa has been playing acoustic Irish music around the world for 16 years now.
This week, All Songs Considered goes big with massive, heart-thumping new music from the gloriously exuberant, sprawling pop group The Polyphonic Spree, and the brilliantly experimental folk-rock band Akron Family. We also check out a gritty album from a Swedish group known as Goat, whose music is part prog-rock, part Afro-pop and undeniably awesome.
Sadie Dupuis: rock 'n' roll camp counselor, poet, songwriter, snack enthusiast. If you don't already want to be her best friend based on that description, Dupuis' solo-moniker-turned-band Speedy Ortiz captures the nonsensical wit of Stephen Malkmus, but is simultaneously ballsier and more self-deprecating.
A is for Alpine and it's also the name of Alpine's debut album. Alpine is a six-piece ensemble from Australia with an airy sound led by singers Phoebe Baker and Lou James. The group's album, A is for Alpine, has been out in their home since 2012, but it arrives in the U.S. on May 21.