Johnny Cash and Old Calf
Johnny CashBootleg Volume 3: Live Around the World (Sony Legacy)In its heyday throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Cecil County's New River Ranch hosted afternoon concerts by the likes of George Jones,...
Lurch & Holler, Future Islands, and Greg Pierce
Lurch & HollerIn the Cabin Below (Thick Syrup Records)For more than 20 years, local luminaries Liz Downing and Michael Willis have been making beautiful music together in Lambs Eat Ivy, Radiant...
Yellow Dubmarine, Tori Amos, and Selected Shorts: New American Stories
Yellow DubmarineAbbey Dub (Gold Lion Records)If a band covers Beatles songs, it should definitely bring something new to the table—after all, the world doesn't need another saccharine version of "...
Tommy Keene, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, and White Life
Tommy KeeneBehind the Parade (Second Motion)Local favorite Tommy Keene provided something of a smart-pop soundtrack to the 1980s, much like Pavement's Stephen Malkmus did a decade later. But while...
Manuel Barrueco, Cherrie Amour, and John Berndt
Manuel BarruecoTárrega! (Tonar)The music of Spanish composer/guitarist Francisco Tárrega eluded me before listening to this CD, but I knew one of his tunes. I bet you know it, too, because it’s heard...
Panda Bear and Small Sur
Panda BearTomboy (Paw Tracks)Baltimore native Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) specializes in expansive soundscapes buttressed by sturdy minimalism and sunny melodies. In fact, he’s perfected that...
Red Sammy, Jad Fair, and Ponytail
Red SammyA Cheaper Kind of Love Song (self-released)Red Sammy's Adam Trice played a handful of these songs solo at The Windup Space in April, with just an acoustic guitar and a hushed desperation...
Wye Oak and Chopteeth
Wye OakCivilian (Merge)Is Civilian destined to be 2011’s Teen Dream? That breakout CD catapulted Beach House—Baltimore’s other celebrated dream-pop/indie-rock duo—to international acclaim, and this...
Celebration, Felicia Carter & Amy Shook, and Skull Defekts
CelebrationHello Paradise (Friends)After releasing two discs on a well-known indie imprint (4AD) with major distribution, Celebration split from the label and began posting its music online. Over the...
Arbouretum and Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell
ArbouretumThe Gathering (Thrill Jockey)When I first heard Arbouretum had brought a keyboardist into the fold, I groaned at the prospect. Over the course of its three previous discs, the band had been...