Kings of Leon had a lot to prove to St. Louis and proved that, as always with our heroes, we value most those that have fallen and lift themselves back up.
With the piercing falsetto of Christopher Richard -- known for his work with Edward Sharpe -- and a postmodern gospel-soul groove, "Motion Animal" by Crash tells it on the mountain -- and then some.
Leader of the band By Divine Right, José Contreras has resurfaced this year with his first solo album. On it he revisits his substantial catalog and peels back the songs, like first single "Past the Stars," to a spare but haunting essence.
Tom Vek tempers the downtrodden story of "Pushing Your Luck" with a danceable fuzz-bass groove, and though the cautionary tale may be a bit tongue in cheek, who hasn’t known days where everything feels like fisticuffs with the world’s strongest man?
The brooding, figurative lyrics of "Long Night" -- "Can't unsee the things I saw, fallen devils, false gods" -- hints at where Boston band Guster has been and where it's headed. Back with its first album in four years (due out officially in early 2015), the band worked with producer Richard Swift (well-known as keyboardist for the Shins) for a dark, intensely atmospheric sound.
With several tape releases under its belt, Trauma Harness readies the release of its first proper LP, the synth-damaged "Tried My Hardest."
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, like Blanche DuBois before them, has depended on the kindness of strangers, catching fire on the Internet, rather than through traditional record company marketing, at a time when that just wasn't done.
This is the summer of Jack White. The 39-year-old guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, producer and all-around Renaissance man has been nearly inescapable since the June release of his second solo album, "Lazaretto."