Featured New Releases:

Johnny MarrThe Messenger

Johnny Marr has been a man of many hats for quite some time, pioneering BritPop guitar trends as a founding member of The Smiths, one of the most influential alternative rock bands of their time. As the band dissolved, Marr re-built, joining alongside bands like The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as session guitar and co-writing duties on various albums. While Marr’s distinct style has played a role in all of his creations, he has finally released this long overdue set of songs that are all his own. Despite the somber tone some people take when thinking of The Smiths, Marr’s solo tracks are upbeat, lively and rocking, a nice reflection of everywhere he’s been.

If You Like: The Smiths, The Cribs, Modest Mouse
Recommended Track: “Upstarts”

Emmylou Harris & Rodney CrowellOld Yellow Moon

Emmylou Harris has been a subject of influence throughout her career, racking up a whopping 27 albums. Not all of these were solo, however, as Harris has been long sought-after as a collaborative and duet partner for artists like Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, John Denver and Neil Young. This time, she partners with lesser commercially-known but equally prolific country artist Rodney Crowell (who is married to Roseanne Cash.) Having worked with artists across multiple genres, these two create a sound of eclectic variation, pulling in their experiences while harnessing a very Nashville sound, including a cover of Tim McGraw’s “Open Season of My Heart.”

If You Like: Willie Nelson, Roseanne Cash, John Denver
Recommended Track: “Black Caffeine”

Ivan & AlyoshaAll the Times We Had

In the midst of a dusty, twangy, alt-country resurgence by way of the sleeper hit, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, Ivan & Alyosha are poised to follow in the steps of their successful labelmates with an even fuller, harmonized sound. The Seattle-based group has been beating the pavement for years independently, releasing a handful of EP’s before compiling this debut LP. The album features popular songs from those earlier releases, including “Fathers Be Kind,” and “Easy to Love,” as well as stand-out tracks like “Running For Cover” and “The Fold.” Their soaring choruses and multi-layered rock sensibilities have the same charm of their predecessors and a lengthy tour including stops at SXSW guarantees there will be much chatter about them in the months to come.

If You Like: The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Blind Pilot
Recommended Track: “The Fold”

Other Albums Available This Week [2/26/13]

Hillsong UnitedZion
Kutt CalhounBlack Gold
Gold FieldsBlack Sun
The Lovely Bad ThingsThe Late Great Whatever
Icona PopI Love It (Remixes Pt. 2)
Hank WilliamsHank Williams: The Greatest Hits Live: Volume 2
Michael BoltonAin’T No Mountain High Enough: Tribute To Hitsville
Never Shout NeverAcoustic EP
MogwaiLes Revenants
CuCu DiamentesAmor Cronico (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dj SneakBFTS Vol. 1
Britt NicoleGold
10,000 ManiacsMusic From The Motion Picture

Coming Up Next Week [3/5/13]

Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell & Angels
Luke BryanSpring Break Here To Party
How to Destroy AngelsWelcome Oblivion
RhyeWoman
Youth LagoonWondrous Bughouse
Kate NashGirl Talk
The ReplacementsSongs For Slim
Various ArtistsDim Mak Greatest Hits of 2012, Vol. 3
The Lovely Bad ThingsThe Late Great Whatever
They Might Be GiantsNanobots
Cloud CultLove
Marcus CantyThis is Marcus Canty EP
Cold SpecksWhen The City Lights Dim
Son VoltHonky Tonk
Brooke WaggonerOriginator
Chris MedinaLetters To Juliet

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