Dr. John, born Malcolm John Rebennack, knows New Orleans like no other. The gritty and growly music legend’s lengthy career has perfected the voodoo’d blend of N’awlins blues, funk, and rock n’ roll for which he is renowned. Locked Down, his latest album – produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – was released earlier this year and keeps the voodoo strong.
A band sound is only as big as its members’, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are huge. The ten members are all a whirl of roving horns and myriad strumming stringed instruments, whistles, claps, shouts, and percussion upon drums, hands, and anything else.
Spirtualized, the neo-psychedelic outfit with Jason Pierce (J. Spaceman) at the center. Formed out of the ashes of Pierce's previous group, Spaceman 3, Spiritualized has been creating grand, lush panoramas of space rock, deeply influenced by soul, gospel, and all things Velvet Underground.
The talented Rufus Wainwright's newest album, Out of the Game, departs slightly in style from his earlier body of work. Although there are some classic heart-felt ballads to be sure, the track Montauk being a case in point, the record as a whole feels danceable and more radio friendly.
The sounds of multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen are anarchical and break the constraints of form, yet each of his tracks have poignant and emotional melodies. Tiersen quickly abandoned the academy training of his early childhood, smashing his violin and adopting the electric guitar instead.
April was a great month for The Lumineers. In addition to releasing their hotly anticipated eponymous debut, they've played a tong of sold out shows across the US. Their open-hearted melodies, simple but raw lyrics, and rousing acoustic folk have earned them comparisons to Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars, and the Avett Brothers.
Becoming a music titan has huge implications-- just ask John Mayer. The singer songwriter requires no introduction; his personal history, his personal life and especially his personal relationships are all rather public, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts.