On the Record: Bruce Springsteen, Bowerbirds & More

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By Bill Chenevert
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For Fans Of: Rilo Kiley + Beach House, the Watson Twins/New Buffalo, casual beauty.

 

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Leaving Eden

(Nonsuch)

Sounds Like: An impressive trio who switch instruments (banjo, harmonica, fiddle, drums, tambourine, bones, jugs) and specialize in old timey bluegrass-type blues.

Free Association: NPR-friendly black music for old white guys who don’t like the hippity-hop.

For Fans Of: Black Joe Lewis + Taj Mahal, the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

 

Todd Snider

Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables

(Aimless)

Sounds Like: The 45-year-old wanderer’s 16th release since ’94 is a wonderful, earnest and simple collection of folksy guitar tunes despite his ties to Jimmy Buffet.

Free Association: The Tennessee influence is strong in him but in a Dylan kinda way.

For Fans Of: Lyle Lovett + Waylon Jennings, Petty/Kristofferson, hard-workin’ blues.

 

Kaiser Chiefs

Start The Revolution Without Me

(Cooperative Music)

Sounds Like: The Leeds, England-based quintet may have apexed years ago with a Brit Award in 2005, because this is weak and slightly obnoxious synth-flavored punky dance rock.

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