Album reviews in 30 seconds or less
For Fans Of: Rilo Kiley + Beach House, the Watson Twins/New Buffalo, casual beauty.
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Sounds Like: An impressive trio who switch instruments (banjo, harmonica, fiddle, drums, tambourine, bones, jugs) and specialize in old timey bluegrass-type blues.
Free Association: NPR-friendly black music for old white guys who don’t like the hippity-hop.
For Fans Of: Black Joe Lewis + Taj Mahal, the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
Sounds Like: The 45-year-old wanderer’s 16th release since ’94 is a wonderful, earnest and simple collection of folksy guitar tunes despite his ties to Jimmy Buffet.
Free Association: The Tennessee influence is strong in him but in a Dylan kinda way.
For Fans Of: Lyle Lovett + Waylon Jennings, Petty/Kristofferson, hard-workin’ blues.
Start The Revolution Without Me
Sounds Like: The Leeds, England-based quintet may have apexed years ago with a Brit Award in 2005, because this is weak and slightly obnoxious synth-flavored punky dance rock.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?