Review: Low's 'Double Negative' doubles down on anguish

Low, "Double Negative" (Sub Pop) Do not adjust your set. Your amplifier or headphones are not suddenly broken. If you are listening to the vinyl release, the record player's needle i...

Review: Alejandro Escovedo's passions elevate 'The Crossing'

Alejandro Escovedo, "The Crossing" (Yep Roc) Drawing up a family tree of Alejandro Escovedo's lengthy career results in a small forest with branches spread out across punk, rock and ...

Review: Willie Nelson swings, croons Sinatra set on 'My Way'

Willie Nelson is country music personified, but he's no red-headed stranger to the Great American Songbook, either. On "My Way," the prolific Texan swings and croons through 11 songs associated with F...

Review: Justin Vernon, Aaron Dessner create Big Red Machine

Big Red Machine, "Big Red Machine" (PEOPLE/Jagjaguwar) Big Red Machine is a long-in-the-making project led by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner. Its roots go ...

Review: Iron & Wine retains intimacy on 6-song 'Weed Garden'

Iron & Wine, "Weed Garden" (Sub Pop) For fans of Iron & Wine, it's Christmas in August. "Weed Garden" is a six-track EP including songs written by Sam Beam mostly while worki...

Review: Murder By Death's 8th album is pensive space western

Murder By Death, "The Other Shore" (Bloodshot Records) On "The Other Shore," Murder By Death challenges the preconception that Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Richard Strauss are what's ...

Review: Neil Finn and son Liam get dreamy on 'Lightsleeper'

Neil & Liam Finn, "Lightsleeper" (Inertia/PIAS) "Lightsleeper" is the result of another crowded house at the Finn residence. The album principals, father Neil and son Liam, get t...

Review: Olafur Arnalds' album much more than clever software

Olafur Arnalds, "re:member" (Mercury KX) Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds goes far beyond the use of innovative software involving self-playing pianos on "re:member," a wistful albu...

Review: Gilbert O'Sullivan's 19th album even better than 1st

Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Gilbert O'Sullivan" (BMG) Gilbert O'Sullivan is still himself — reflective, sensitive and witty — on his 19th studio album, which often sounds like his 1971 debu...

Review: Jim Lauderdale is consistently grand on 'Time Flies'

Jim Lauderdale, "Time Flies" (Yep Roc) Jim Lauderdale is a steady geyser of Americana, releasing over two dozen solo albums and collaborations and writing for and with many mostly co...

Review: Boz Scaggs revisits influences on 'Out of the Blues'

Boz Scaggs, "Out of the Blues" (Concorde Records) Sometimes with more gloss, at times with more grit, but always with great feeling, Boz Scaggs has kept some form of the blues close ...

EU refers Hungarian asylum policies to European court

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has been referred to the European Union's highest court for perceived failings to comply with the bloc's asylum rules and is facing censure for legislation criminalizi...

Review: Ty Segall & White Fence reunite for frenzied 'Joy'

Ty Segall & White Fence, "Joy" (Drag City) The ever-prolific Ty Segall reunites with White Fence (Tim Presley) on "Joy," a freaky, fragmented album where squeaks and barks interr...

Review: Cowboy Junkies' 'All That Reckoning' instantly great

Cowboy Junkies, "All That Reckoning" (Latent Recordings) Cowboy Junkies return from a yearslong recording sojourn with "All That Reckoning," one of the best albums of their extended ...

Review: Tom Bailey follows the Thompson Twins' blueprint

Tom Bailey, "Science Fiction" (Mikrokosmos/BFD) At its peak, Thompson Twins created some great 1980s synth pop, songs with refined melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a wide range of key...