Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live From Alabama (2012)

Live from Alabama, a full-length album culled from a pair of August 2012 concerts, and if one wonders why Isbell seems so keen to record his live sets, one listen will tell you why: Isbell and his band are at their best in front of an audience, and Live from Alabama demonstrates Isbell’s impressive gifts as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and frontman. While his work with the Drive-By Truckers was impressive, he’s grown tremendously as a singer since striking out on his own, and with a crowd to cheer him on, Isbell delivers the goods on Live from Alabama, sounding richly soulful on “Heart on a String,” rueful and evocative on “In a Razor Town,” and full of bluesy swagger on “The Blue.” If the 400 Unit lack the volume and firepower of the DBTs, the smaller, more dynamic combo leaves more room for dynamics and subtlety, which works well for Isbell’s songs (the versions of “Decoration Day” and “Danko/Manuel” here rival those he recorded with the Truckers), and like his vocals, Isbell’s guitar work is all the more impressive when it doesn’t have to fight for space. As a storyteller, Isbell’s tales of dashed hopes and Southern pride are powerful, realistic, and keenly intelligent, and he and the band bring them to life with just the right touch. And the closing cover of Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane” is a barn-burning finale. If you haven’t seen Isbell and the 400 Unit on-stage, Live from Alabama will likely convince you to show up the next time they play in your area, and if you already have, this will remind you why you walked home impressed.

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Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holly Ghost (1994)

For his second solo album, Lanegan, the singer for the Screaming Trees, decided to go wider and deeper. The arrangements are mostly acoustic and electric guitars, bass and drums, but the subtle addition of violin and saxophone on select cuts makes for greater variance and gives the album a rich, epic scope. As always, Lanegan sees the glass as neither half-empty or half-full, just dirty. “Borracho” reaches a cathartic wall of shrieking feedback, but mostly Lanegan tunes down for the ambulatory emissions and Seattle blues of “Shooting Gallery,” “Judas Touch,” and “Kingdoms of Rain.”

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The Rolling Stones – Live at Leeds Roundhay Park 1982 (2012)

1. Under My Thumb
2. When The Whip Comes Down
3. Let’s Spend The Night Together
4. Shattered
5. Neighbors
6. Black Limousine
7. Just My Imagination
8. Twenty Flight Rock
9. Going To A Go-Go
10. Baby Please Let Me Go
11. Time Is On My Side
12. Beast Of Burden
13. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
14. Band Intros
15. Little T&A
16. Angie
17. Tumbling Dice
18. She’s So Cold
19. Hang Fire
20. Miss You
21. Honky Tonk Women
22. Brown Sugar
23. Start Me Up
24. Jumping Jack Flash
25. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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Hugh Bob And The Hustle – Hugh Bob And The Hustle (2012)

Since leaving the rural climes of northern Wisconsin for the relative big-city charms of Milwaukee, Hugh Masterson has done time with a number of successful and semi-successful local bands, most notably Bosio and The Wildbirds. But with the former long gone and the latter currently on hold, Masterson has been focusing on fronting his latest project, the country-fied Hugh Bob And The Hustle. On the group’s self-titled debut album, Masterson—along with Nicholas Stuart, Quinn Scharber, Bradley Kruse, and Justin Krol—trades the swagger and strut of The Wildbirds for breezy country ditties, thick harmonies, and the occasional barn-burning rave-up. It’s a warm, affectionate collection of straight-up AM country gold.

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