1. The Byrds
Sweetheart of the Rodeo

“This is a record that never really makes it out of my rotation.”

2. Curtis Evans
More Songs About Loneliness

“A young Chicago songwriter. Curtis’s first solo record is sincere and painstakingly written.”

3. The Sadies
In Concert, Vol. 1

“Great songwriting and unparallelled musician- ship. Steve Albini captured them live.”

4. Tom Waits
Closing Time

“One of his earlier efforts, and one of his most accessible. This would be a good place to dive in for those unfamiliar with his catalog.”

5. King Khan & The Shrines, May 15th at Bottom Lounge
“Their enthusiasm alone is worth the price of admission. What sets them apart is sharp songwriting.”


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