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Out of the Box Album of the Week with Paul Shugrue

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All week, on each edition of Out of the Box, listen for songs from one of the best albums that’s just hitting stores and hear Paul Shugrue's review of that album.

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All week, on each edition of Out of the Box, listen for songs from one of the best albums that’s just hitting stores and hear Paul Shugrue's review of that album.

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Love Out of the Box

By Shahanashasha - May 15 2018
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I listened to this religiously when I lived in Norfolk and have followed him from California to Florida. It’s been 10 + years of being a fan.

Great show

By President JK Polk - Feb 12 2011
Read more
This show had me listening to music I might have never given a chance otherwise. A great program!

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
11
2
1
1

Love Out of the Box

By Shahanashasha - May 15 2018
Read more
I listened to this religiously when I lived in Norfolk and have followed him from California to Florida. It’s been 10 + years of being a fan.

Great show

By President JK Polk - Feb 12 2011
Read more
This show had me listening to music I might have never given a chance otherwise. A great program!
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Out of the Box Album of the Week with Paul Shugrue

Latest release on Feb 18, 2020

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All week, on each edition of Out of the Box, listen for songs from one of the best albums that’s just hitting stores and hear Paul Shugrue's review of that album.

Rank #1: Brandi Carlile

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Her sixth studio album "By The Way I Forgive You” is an exercise in using forgiveness as a source of strength and the past to prove her right. She is in a strong place and ready to sing about it.

Feb 20 2018

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Rank #2: Beck

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Like it’s title suggests “Colors" is not only a return to the exuberant dance pop that made him famous in the nineties, but an album with a relentlessly optimistic outlook on the future.

Oct 16 2017

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Rank #3: Paul McCartney

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Considering that he is now 76 years old, “Egypt Station” his first album in five years should be savored. That it happens to be his best collection of songs in decades is just icing on the cake.

Sep 10 2018

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Rank #4: Bob Dylan

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The Cutting Edge is number twelve in the Bootleg Series, focusing on studio out takes from the 14 Month period in the mid sixties when he recorded three groundbreaking albums.

Nov 09 2015

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Rank #5: Mark Knopfler

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Privateering is further affirmation of the status of this former Dire Straits leader as one of the best modern interpreters of the Folk tradition.

Sep 09 2013

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Rank #6: The Record Company

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This old fashioned power trio kicks new life into roots music with songs inspired by blues greats but retaining a personality of their own.

Feb 15 2016

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Rank #7: John Mayer

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Paradise Valley is his sixth studio album and as he channels his lifestyle into his music he defines himself as an utterly contemporary singer songwriter.

Aug 19 2013

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Rank #8: Richard Thompson

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Electric is the folk rock pioneer's 31st solo album skillfully balancing his english roots with Americana.

Feb 11 2013

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Rank #9: Sigur Ros

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The one time ambient, symphonic chillout band has erupted with an agressive, startling and ultimately grand spacerock album.

Jun 24 2013

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Rank #10: Santana

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The cagily titled new album IV reunites the band that last recorded on the album III forty five years ago. They prove that not only were they great back then, but they've improved.

Apr 18 2016

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Rank #11: The Black Keys

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Since their last album rock and roll hasn’t had much to rally around, but “Let’s Rock” shows the way forward with it’s fuzz guitar riffs smothered in digital processing, vocals overdubs that capture the frenzy of the moment and a voodoo bass and drum rhythm section.

Jul 08 2019

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Rank #12: Dr. Dog

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The indie band from Philadelphia has been around for over 15 years but recently re-evaluated their process. Thankfully, tinkering is all that was needed and “Critical Equation” sounds as fresh as anything they’ve done.

Apr 30 2018

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Rank #13: Mumford and Sons

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“Delta” their fourth studio release shows that they’ve learned that to play to big crowds, you need a big sound.

Nov 20 2018

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Rank #14: Patty Griffin

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American Kid is her first album of original songs in six years and perhaps because it is inspired by the death of her father, its her best album yet.

May 13 2013

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Rank #15: Gary Clark Jr

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The Story of Sonny Boy Slim delves into the musical influences of this blues guitar hero, which are as much about Stevie Wonder as about Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Sep 14 2015

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Rank #16: Chris Isaak

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First Comes The Night is a set of sultry, twangy originals hitting the retro sweet spot between Elvis and
Roy Orbison, all quirky enough to fit in the David Lynch wheelhouse of melodrama.

Nov 16 2015

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Rank #17: Guy Clark

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My Favorite Picture of You is the latest album from one of the lone survivors of the pioneering wave of artists who defined Americana Music.

Jul 22 2013

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Rank #18: John Hiatt

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“The Eclipse Sessions” was recorded over four days during the solar eclipse of 2017 inspiring him to record one of his best albums in years.

Oct 15 2018

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Rank #19: Mandolin Orange

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“Softly, tenderly, using delicate voices,” those are the final words on the new album “Tides of a Teardrop” and it’s an apt description of the Chapel Hill NC band’s approach to these songs that deal with loss, grief and ultimately comfort.

Feb 05 2019

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Rank #20: Dawes

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Stories Don't End is the third album by this California band, honing the sound originated in the famed Laurel Canyon.

Apr 08 2013

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Puss N Boots

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Puss N Boots is a trio of solo artists, Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper but their latest album “Sister” is more than just a collection of guest appearances. It’s an album by a self-contained band who have written and recorded all the songs as a trio that speaks as one.

Feb 18 2020

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Nada Surf

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Power chords, shimmering harmonies and bashing rhythms have defined their music since their beginning and “Never Not Together” brings it all home.

Feb 10 2020

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Drive-By Truckers

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On their fourteenth release, “The Unraveling” they’ve gone well beyond the American south-centric themes of past albums. Now they are all-in on America as a whole and they are saying things that need to be said.

Feb 04 2020

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The Wood Brothers

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They've been a big part of the jam-band circuit for years and on their new album, “Kingdom in My Mind” they use that freewheeling mindset by jamming on the songs in the studio and then editing them to a manageable length afterward.

Jan 28 2020

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G. Love

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“The Juice,” with a number of guest artists including his producer Keb Mo, confidently celebrates life in 2020.

Jan 21 2020

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Jacob Vanko

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On the Hampton Roads' artist's debut album “10 Years” he shows he’s just as adept in the studio as he is on stage.

Nov 18 2019

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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The band known for their dark, foreboding minimalism set the bar even higher on the new album “Ghosteen,”

Nov 12 2019

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Turnover

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The Virginia Beach based band, has completed a musical evolution on their new album “Altogether.”

Nov 04 2019

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse

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“Colorado” is a reunion with Crazy Horse, his first with the backing band in six years, this time featuring Nils Lofgren as Young’s guitar foil.

Oct 28 2019

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Fastball

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There's a long list of bands that had meteoric success in the mid-90s, but unlike most, this Texas trio is still going strong with their seventh album “The Help Machine,”

Oct 21 2019

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Big Thief

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“Two Hands” is their second album of 2019 and including vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Adrienne Lenker’s solo album from last October that’s three albums in one year. Considering that each is better than the last this is the rapid emergence of an important band.

Oct 14 2019

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The Avett Brothers

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The bands says that they will probably never make a sociopolitical record. But if they did it might sound something like their new one, “Closer Than Together.”

Oct 07 2019

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Sturgill Simpson

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"Sound and Fury" is an onslaught on crunching electric guitars, howling synths and heavy metal drumming from the artist who's last album won the Grammy for country album of the year.

Sep 30 2019

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Hiss Golden Messenger

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Hiss Golden Messenger is the name M.C. Taylor has been recording under since 2009. “Terms of Surrender” is his eighth album and he describes the songs as being “my therapy and my church.”

Sep 23 2019

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Fox and the Bear

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"We Will Be All Right" is the full-length debut album from the Hampton Roads' duo. This is a live performance of some songs from the album and an interview with the band.

Sep 16 2019

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Sheryl Crow

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There’s an abundance of everything on her new album “Threads.” There’s a lot of songs, 17, a lot of music 75 minutes worth, and an a-list group of collaborators whose performances are as jaw-dropping as the fact that they are all on one album.

Sep 02 2019

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Mosquito Cabaret

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On one of the most unique recordings of the year, the Hampton Roads band have released their debut album “The Modern Life of Insects.”

Aug 26 2019

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Eilen Jewell

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Her new album “Gypsy” is a tug of war of emotions as songs of politics and dissent push and pull at songs about happiness and empathy, putting into words and music the daily struggle of the human condition.

Aug 19 2019

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Bon Iver

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The band's fourth album "i,i" was released three weeks ahead of schedule, echoing it’s ahead of the curve musicianship and songcraft and probably because it was just too good to hold back.

Aug 12 2019

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Davina and the Vagabonds

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The band has been around for 15 years but the new album “Sugar Drops” is their first recorded in a proper studio. The album, as she describes, is “about 100 years of Americana.”

Aug 05 2019

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iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
11
2
1
1

Love Out of the Box

By Shahanashasha - May 15 2018
Read more
I listened to this religiously when I lived in Norfolk and have followed him from California to Florida. It’s been 10 + years of being a fan.

Great show

By President JK Polk - Feb 12 2011
Read more
This show had me listening to music I might have never given a chance otherwise. A great program!