Now and then, a new album comes across our desks that moves various staff members to gather in the hall and rave.  The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sam Roberts Band[/lastfm]'s fourth album has us all talking. [worldnow id=4037899 width=385 height=288 type=video] Sam Roberts "Love at the End of the World"
On a very hot summer day in 2009, Marty Lennartz spent some choice moments with Sam Roberts backstage at Lollapalooza. [worldnow id=4037891 width=385 height=288 type=video] Sam Roberts "Words & Fire"
For Sam Roberts Band "Collider," the band left Montreal for Chicago to record in Bucktown.  And like Iron and Wine before them, they became enamored of local heroes [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Califone[/lastfm].  Califone's Ben Massarella and another local musician, Stuart Bogie of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Antibalas[/lastfm], both joined Sam's band for the "Collider" sessions.  A sharply observant songwriter with a keen edge, Sam Roberts takes into the small hours with a song called "Graveyard Shift." The album opens with "Last Crusade," a rollicking shuffle that remains one of the best things I've heard this year. Download it for free.
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