To complement their lists of top 10 albums, some of our DJs weighed in with their picks for favorite songs and shows of the first half of 2015.
Self-describing their sound as "Hall and Oates meet ZZ Top" is a fitting way to introduce Texas-based duo Greyhounds.
Here's a set of 10 great records. I've created this list as a more personal introduction than an academic one, and so I'm using the phrase "essential soul jazz" to describe the list very loosely. I recommend each with my heart and soul; meaning I've spent time getting to know them, and think you'll enjoy the experience of meeting them too.
Always uplifting, Florida-based JJ Grey & Mofro returned to the Pageant on Saturday night with their special blend of swampy Southern blues-rock. Against a backdrop depicting the cover art from the band's new album, "Ol' Glory," -- a silhouette of two deer beneath the twisting branches of a tree -- the band put forth an energetic two-plus-hour set featuring both new material and old favorites, beginning with the funky-slow drawl of "Mississippi."
Growing up in the Dakotas didn't offer many outlets for entertainment. But for East Side Slim the summer was when he could get his musical fix. AM radio stations would provide the music that would later propel him into a career of DJing.
Last year was a busy one in regards to American music, and who could be expected to hear all the fine releases let loose late in the year?