Helen Simonson: The Summer Before the War

The Summer Before the War is the fabulous followup to Helen Simonson’s delightful debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. The book tells the tale of an independent female teacher and the rigidly old-fashioned community who hires (and judges) her, blissfully ignorant of world events that will soon threaten their idyllic, Edwardian way of life. Somewhere between Lark Rise... Continue Reading →

Allison Crowe: Heirs + Grievances

I won’t pretend to be unbiased here. Allison Crowe has been Muruch’s musical mascot for over a decade now and we at Muruch are thanked in the liner notes of her new double album, Introducing/Heirs + Grievances. So obviously I was excited and predisposed to love this album before I even listened to it. Still! It’s absolutely fantastic.... Continue Reading →

Amanda Palmer’s Masterpiece “Machete”

Amanda Palmer’s new song, “Machete,” is her masterpiece. Written during the time Amanda grieved for her best friend and gave birth to his namesake, “Machete” is intensely emotional in both lyrics and sound. The song forms the perfect bridge between The Dresden Dolls punk cabaret, as well as Amanda’s glam-rock solo releases, and her recent... Continue Reading →

Saul Williams: MartyrLoserKing

Saul Williams continues to frustrate my writer’s pen (ok, keyboard) with his brilliance and artistry. How can one capture in mere words the expertly, intricately woven tapestry of experimental sound, song and poetry that is his new album, MartyrLoserKing? Created during Saul’s travels throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, and America, the album centers on a fictional hacktivist... Continue Reading →

Brooke Waggoner: Sweven

Brooke Waggoner just released her new album, Sweven. Brooke has gradually become one of my favorite artists after her beautiful debut, Go Easy Little Doves, and the exhilarating followup, Originator – not to mention her thrilling 2012 live performance at Mountain Stage. So Swevenwas definitely my most anticipated album of the new year. I’m happy to say it exceeds even my... Continue Reading →

Muruch.com RAINN Benefit Album & Fundraising Campaign

Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album & fundraising campaign officially launches this month! Donate $10 (or more) at Muruch.com’s RAINN.org fundraising page to receive your free digital album of Muruch.com for RAINN. This magnificent 25-mp3 album features: Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, My Brightest Diamond, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, Man of Steel‘s Allison... Continue Reading →

Alison Crowe: Sylvan Hour

Recorded live in a log-cabin in the Canadian wilderness during a cross-country journey, Allison Crowe’s new album, Sylvan Hour, may be her best yet. The private, one-hour performance at a friend’s home in 2006 includes raw, solo takes of songs that would be re-recorded in group sessions for This Little Bird. The recording was lost for nearly a... Continue Reading →

Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher’s Daughter

It’s here! And it’s magnificent! Brandi Carlile’s fifth studio album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, was just released via ATO Records and it sure is somethin’ else. Recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal, The Firewatcher’s Daughter is an unparalleled display of musical brillance. We throw around the word “wail” so easily when it comes... Continue Reading →

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