As a key figure in the evolution of American jazz, multi-instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell continues to alter the face of avant-garde music.
Lera Lynn is a rising Americana star on the move.
The New Pornographers' sixth studio album is "Brill Bruisers," a fast, energetic record that showcases the band's numerous vocalists and musicians (Neko Case and Dan Bejar, to name a few). Heavy on synths, but also on guitars, it's a fresh take on rock 'n' roll, not afraid to explore new approaches and techniques.
For over four decades, Stanley Clarke has been reinventing the role of the bass and the very shape of jazz. He started by supporting many of the greatest names in the scene before forming the eminent fusion group Return to Forever with pianist Chick Corea and beginning his solo career.
A primer: Volcanoes is a St. Louis dance-metal duo composed of stoic guitarist Jon Ryan and the delightfully spastic Eric Peters. After being sealed up for several semesters inside Lindenwood University (in St. Charles, Missouri), Volcanoes released "Heavy Hands" in 2012. The chugging, hyper-aggressive sing-speak, drum-and-guitar melodies were comely enough to assuage any eyebrows raised, and jittered about in beguiling, scattered memorandums on a breakup.
With talk of setting his own work on fire and scatological insights into Picasso's work, Karl Haglund casually defies the persona of the stuffy and elite artist.
It may be a clichéd axiom at this point, but it remains a fact that show business is at least as much about product as it is about performance. And few contemporary musical acts know both sides of that equation as intimately as Pomplamoose, the California duo who in a few short years have carved a niche with quirky, do-it-yourself "videosongs" and a knack for pop mashups.
When she was 16, Sarah Jarosz came into the acoustic-music scene seemingly fully formed. She has continued to demand and hold our attention ever since.
Steve Dawson has received recognition and success in the Chicago music scene for almost two decades, but even with all his accomplishments he remains down-to-earth and his music true to his Idaho-based roots.