A year can only be what you make of it. In 2013 the artists behind these 10 albums chose to dig deep and offer up music that provides a map to navigate one's own emotional landscape.
The thing about Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott is that each project comes with the feeling that you're joining a show already in progress. That's true of their latest studio release, "Memories and Moments," which comes a full decade after their first.
The DJs of 88.1 KDHX have picked their "Songs of the Year," and the resulting list -- spanning all manner of sounds and styles, ranging from radio hitmakers to local heroes -- forms a pretty comprehensive (and thoroughly enjoyable) look back at the year in music that was 2013.
As KDHX reaches the end of an era and begins broadcasting from the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media in Grand Center, we're also reaching the end of 2013.
Since departing the Felice Brothers, Simone Felice has explored funk, blues, pop and folk, both atmospheric and spare. The new track "Molly O!" finds the introspective songwriter reaching out in a catchy plea to the fellowship found along the road.
From the flood of fingerpicking guitar and the authoritative voice that opens "Every Little Bit Hurts" you know you're in the presence of a folk master. Barton Carroll has woven another witty and wise tale of hard times when they come and good times where you find them.
When backed by her band the Howlin' Moons, Ohio native Angela Perley is most likely to unleash a torrent of roots-soaked rock 'n' roll. But on the ballad "Brooklyn Girls" she shows just how far her vulnerable, phrase-sensitive voice can take a song.
Named after a small Missouri town, Salisbury is the project of St. Louis-based singer and songwriter Eric Lysaght, well-known as leader of rock band Neptune Crush. But Salisbury, and its new album "Life Is a Heartbreak," evokes the folk and country of the heartland. With gospel harmonies and a dreamy sense of nostalgia and narrative detail, the track "Down at the Fair" is a microcosm of the Salisbury world.
Recorded on an old tape deck that most musicians would be thrilled to unload on Craigslist for a sandwich and a case of beer, "Vermona" by Brooklyn, N.Y. duo Take Berlin has a delicate acoustic movement that's part found art, part elusive emotion.