"Strugglin'" by I Am the Albatross is more than just another lo-fi foray into gothic country. The Austin-based trio has sure-footed, bluesy musicality and a great Leonard Cohen quote to get you brooding along.
At the age of 66, Grateful Dead founding member, guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Weir is enjoying a bit of a Renaissance.
"Slacker rock" really should be a genre descriptor/epithet we've long since retired. But if a rock musician is going to go for the California gold, he may as well sound wide awake and joyful doing it -- and that's just what Chris Pope and the band Blonde Summer accomplish on the irresistible "High Times."
Some of you may remember Connie Fairchild and the local band that bore her surname from the 80s and 90s. Performing a mix of R&B, rock, and jazz—today they'd probably call it "roots music"—the band won awards and fans locally.