Based in Boston but with strong ties to the Deep South musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, Amy Black performs Americana roots rock along the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.
The Dandy Warhols formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994 and have crashed at the gates of multiple styles and genres ever since.
There are all sorts of opportunities to enjoy the music of Ages and Ages, as handclaps and tambourines take the spotlight in an updated kind of sing-along.
It's cringingly lazy to compare a performer like Robert Sarazin Blake to Dylan, but it's almost impossible not to on a track like "OK, OK, OK," in which Blake strums a featherweight rhythm as a backdrop for lyrics that border on spoken word.
In Season 9 of "The Simpsons," Lisa is convinced that she possesses a gene that will render her as stupid as Homer and Bart someday, and in an effort to feed her brain with as much culture as possible before its inevitable decline, she goes to a jazz club and is dismayed when another patron compares the performance to someone "hitting a baby with a cat."
Folk singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, of Crooked Still, has a new solo album, "Fossils," and brought three of those songs to this intimate live set.
Ezra Furman may look like a scruffier version of Conor Oberst, but on his second solo album, "Day of the Dog," he howls away all prepossessions of indie folk and proves himself to be one of rock 'n' roll's native sons.
A quiet powerhouse, Laura Veirs has released nine studio albums, including a feature-length film soundtrack and a compilation of traditional children's songs on which she collaborated with artists such as Béla Fleck and Colin Meloy.
Chicago's Smith Westerns were formed in 2007 by high school students Max Kakacek and brothers Cullen and Cameron Omori, who between them shared an interest in playing music but nearly zero experience in actually doing it.
Produced by Tucker Martine in Portland, Ore. last winter, "Desire Lines" is Camera Obscura's fifth full-length album, stamped with a signature sound that's both moody and glowing, gloomy and sweet.