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.
Hipster jazz, old-school electronica, classic hip-hop and Latin soul all come together in the sound of Elastic Bond and its debut album "Real."
With "For the Baby Doll," the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra commemorates 25 years of making music that's always inventive yet always connected to history. The sound is a celebration of rock 'n' roll itself.
The force is strong with Sturgill Simpson -- the force of hard-core country music, a la Waylon Jennings and George Jones, that is.
With the soul of a rockabilly, the guitar chops of heroes like Scotty Moore and the lyrical skills of a country master, Marshall Chapman remains one of the most respected talents in Nashville (and beyond).
William Tyler's "Impossible Truth" is a pictograph journey in sound, winding through a guitar mind-trip -- Tyler's sublime ease in movement leads you by the ear.
In his own cagey yet warm-hearted way, Gurf Morlix has amassed the accomplishments befitting an icon of American music. The superlative guitarist, producer and songwriter isn't living in the past. His latest album is very much in the present tense.
If soul music is anything it's the expression of unfiltered feeling -- in melody and rhythm, theme and voice. Sometimes it's utterly primal, and sometimes, as in the music of Jesse Dee, it's finely, joyfully arranged.
Samantha Crain was born in Shawnee, Okla., the same city that fostered fellow musical beasts of the southern-midwest wild, Woody Guthrie and the Flaming Lips.
"Don't cry baby!" Insistent. The guitar echoes with an urgently blasted chord followed by plangent trail of single notes. "Please don't cry." Pleading. The guitar cascades down the blues scale, with an eloquently delicate tone to each note.