Paul Shaffer and his dangerous band show their chops

Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s long-time nutty bandleader, recaptures some of the old TV magic on his new album with The World’s Most Dangerous Band and help from

Ed Sheeran shows vast talent in new album ‘Divide’

Don’t believe the title of Ed Sheeran’s new album. He doesn’t want to divide. His math this time is all about compiling, accumulating. On “Divide,” the

The Shins harness ‘Heartworms’ on playful 5th album

James Mercer takes the helm on “Heartworms,” producing The Shins’ fifth A folky guitar and snappy percussion drive “Mildenhall,” a true-to-life glimpse into Mercer’s military

Little Big Town return to roots, but stay in neutral

Regular scheduled programming has resumed for Little Big Town. The quartet gets back to their country roots on “The Breaker” after exploring an electronic side with Pharrell

Elbow loses a member and become more accessible

Less, it turns out, is more for the British band Elbow. On their seventh studio album, the art-rockers have lost a founding member, but the music they

An Americana icon ranges into new territory

If Merle Haggard is the defining voice of country music, Jay Farrar might be the artist you’d turn to if you had to explain the Americana genre

Run The Jewels packs a smart punch on ‘RTJ3’

There’s a lot fire behind Run The Jewels and their latest album, “Run The Jewels 3.” They’re longtime hip- hop practitioners on a current come- up, riding a crest of

Dead Man Winter delivers rare gem over breakup

Dave Simonett has delivered something you almost never see in music: a gorgeous divorce album. Simonett, leader of the progressive bluegrass-rock band Trampled by Turtles, works under the banner

Train’s new CD is stuck in the same soft-rock track

Some people simply adore Train. Others simply loathe them. The band’s new album is unlikely to change anyone’s mind. The band — now without lead

Delbert McClinton, at 76, brings it once again

Few singers illustrate the gulf between live and recorded music better than Delbert McClinton, whose gruff voice and blues-infused rock have always sounded best in a beer-splashed

Contest will pick opening acts for Bon Jovi tour

Who says you can’t open for Bon Jovi? The New Jersey-based platinum-selling rockers are holding a contest to choose bands or singers to open for

Syrian band brings music of Aleppo to Berlin

Instead of bombs there were beats. Guitars took over for guns. And there were cheers, not screams. But Aleppo was never far from the minds of the

Kane Brown turned Facebook likes into a country music career

As a kid, Kane Brown and his mother used to sing together as pretend “American Idol” contestants. But when Brown actually tried out for the show

Neil Young tackles pipeline, technology on ‘Peace Trail’

Prolific rocker Neil Young is at his curmudgeonly best on “Peace Trail,” bemoaning his place in the current generation while standing up for his decades- long commitment to fighting for the underdog. In

J. Cole’s low-key return focuses on fragility of life

J. Cole’s latest album, “4 Your Eyez Only,” is an intimate one. It unfolds like an old journal that’s been unearthed and shared with an audience of

‘Blue & Lonesome’ by the Rolling Stones

It shouldn't be a surprise, really, but still it's a bit startling to hear just how well the Rolling Stones can play the blues. Strip away the

Bruno Mars channels ‘90s R&B grooves on ‘24K Magic’

Bruno Mars pays homage to his musical influences with a groovy, R&B- inspired collection that sounds straight outta the ‘90s. “24K Magic” is a party album that recalls

Rumer expertly cuddles Bacharach & David catalog

Rumer sprinkles moon dust over a dozen tunes from the Bacharach/David catalog, putting her smooth imprint on songs of love and heartbreak. Rumer and husband/producer Rob Shirakbari opt mostly