With their newly released and highly anticipated second album, "Sound and Color," Alabama Shakes have proven they are no one-trick-pony, following up their acclaimed debut, "Boys and Girls" with a new collection of songs that are at once a departure from and a further exploration of the roots rock and throwback soul sound they exploded onto the scene with just a few years ago -- driven by the force of lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard's vocals, which range from achingly soulful crooning to hardcore belting.
"I wish my show was a Broadway show: the Josh Tillman story," says Tillman, otherwise known as prominent folk singer-songwriter Father John Misty.
Joshua Tillman returns to the pseudonym of Father John Misty on his second album since his departure from Fleet Foxes, and this time he is ready to tell the world what his dark and cynical mind thinks about love.
Throughout the year our volunteer photographers battle inclement weather, large crowds, long lines, over-zealous dancers and crazy lighting schemes in order to deliver some incredible concert photos for our readers and listeners.
The backdrop pinned onstage consisted of a nude Josh Tillman standing in a golden arch encapsulated by a rainbow, in space. And that is Father John Misty: Irreverent, free-spirited and probably, while not on stage, hanging out in his birthday suit.
This year proved to be another fantastic time for new releases. I'm proud to share my top 10 with the KDHX listeners on "Bittersweet Melody" this Wednesday, January 2, from 5-7 a.m. Central.
As of early December, these were my top 10 albums of 2012, but I've spent most of the month reviewing other worthy releases, so the countdown you'll hear on Rocket 88 on January 1, 2013 may be somewhat different.