Kermit Ruffins, Dustin Wong, and mOsno
Kermit RuffinsHappy Talk (Basin Street)Look out Wynton Marsalis, there’s a new public face of American jazz, and he’s a charismatic trumpeter, too. A founder of New Orleans’s legendary Rebirth Brass...
Remington Youth/Community Radio, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, and Dweezil Zappa
Remington Youth/Community RadioPortrait of a Neighborhood (Art on Purpose/GRIA)Basically a set of field recordings and interviews with Remington residents, this project provides a youthful,...
The Holmes Brothers, Victoria Vox, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang
The Holmes BrothersFeed My Soul (Alligator)This blues trio has quite an impressive resumé, working with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Willie Nelson and recording 11 acclaimed albums of its own....
Tommy Keene and So Percussion/Matmos
Tommy KeeneYou Hear Me (Second Motion Records)Keene's name plus the title of this two-disc retrospective gives a nod to The Who ("Tommy, can you hear me?"). The wordplay provides an apt allusion...
Galactic, Howard Markman, and Mz Streamz
GalacticYa-Ka-May (Anti-)Galactic, who recently turned up in David Simon's Treme, is a perfect choice for a show that takes place in New Orleans three months after Katrina. In fact, the band's music...
SONiA & disappear fear, David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, and Thrushes
SONiA & disappear fearBlood, Bones & Baltimore (Disappear Records)A friend played me a recording of SONiA's 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival set, which included fan favorite "Biggest Baddest...
Yeasayer, Gil Scott-Heron, Double Dagger
YeasayerOdd Blood (Secretly Canadian)The art-pop wing of indie rockdom has been incredibly fertile over the past year, and bands with Baltimore ties have been leading the charge. Folks like Dan...
Carl Grubbs/Lafayette Gilchrist, Michael Lawrence, and Lizz King
Carl Grubbs/Lafayette GilchristMaryland Traditions in Jazz (self-released)This collaboration between two of the city's finest jazz musicians grew out of their involvement in Maryland Traditions'...
Jawbox, The Get Em Mamis, and Beijing Guitar Duo
JawboxFor Your Own Special Sweetheart (Desoto/Dischord)A few months back, Jawbox turned up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon playing a stunning version of "Savory," arguably Sweetheart's best song...
Beach House, Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys
Beach HouseTeen Dream (Sub Pop)On its third disc—and debut for Sub Pop, the stalwart indie label that's given us the likes of Nirvana and The Shins—Beach House takes a giant step toward full-on...