Seeking to expand his horizons and his reach, Nathaniel Rateliff connected with full-blown horn section the Night Sweats. The result is a rousing, energetic and catchy new record that fits firmly in the Stax Records catalogue.
Kurt Vile's sixth studio album shows Vile's evolution as an artist and his exploration of his identity as a songwriter. The album showcases a mix of Vile's serious and silly sides, providing a signpost in a career of an indie-rock underdog who has found success by trying hard to not try hard.
Our Album of the Week is 'Live Current Volume 11'. It's available on LP and CD, but it's not available in stores. You can only get it when you support The Current with your contribution. Listen to tracks from this exclusive album and find out how to get your copy of it.
When Buddy Guy named Gary Clark Jr as the potential savior of the blues, that had to create some pressure. Clark's follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2012 debut took three years, and the result displays Clark's blues influences as well as his other inspirations. 'The Story of Sonny Boy Slim' is in fact, the story of Gary Clark Jr. And it's a very good read.
The Current's Andrea Swensson has no qualms about declaring Low's 11th album one of the finest in the band's 22-year career. 'This is an album that cracks and sizzles, bursting with an electric energy,' Swensson writes.
While some artists use the "side project" as an excuse to fly far from the nest, Dan Auerbach's new band The Arcs' release 'Yours, Dreamily' doesn't stray from the style that has made Auerbach one of the most successful rockers of the last decade.
The latest album from Baltimore band Beach House proves that duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand are set on attaining success on their own terms while keeping the beauty and sanctity of music-making at the center of what they do.
Wilco's newest album, 'Star Wars', is a rarity amongst Wilco albums in that it seems to actively shy away from analysis or deeper meaning. For us listeners, it may mean we can simply sit back and enjoy it.