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Radioville, Simon Flory (Self-released)

Big Heaven, Olivia (Dreamy Life Records)

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Jacob Furr’s Sierra Madre

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Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock is probably the most unassuming hero in modern rock, an idea he wouldn’t scoff at but would more than...

Various artists

As any good soundtrack should, Honeydripper helps bring the movie to life by creating, along with the scenery and the actors, the atmosphere that...

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s buzzing drone of a voice is a little deeper today but remains oddly effective. His songs are still what count. Many people...

The Killers

In no universe do mohawks and waistcoats go together. But The Killers continue to churn out throbbing, synth-laden floor-filler that's equal parts Roxy Music...

Various artists

Kinky Friedman’s songs are known more for their titles than what the music sounds like. “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Get...

Corrine West

Corrine West quit school and left her California home when she was 15 to travel with nomadic artists in a converted school bus, looking...

Telekinesis

Telekinesis' eponymous (plus exclamation point) debut album is a gem full of simple, straight-ahead tuneage and dumb-happy lyrics, channeling Rivers Cuomo's torn-windbreaker angst while...

Guns ’N Roses

Chinese Democracy(Geffen Records) By Justin Press The era of the idealistic and insane rock star is dead, so music lovers who still cling to sincere,...

Fontaine Brown

Tales from the Fence Line (Manatee Records) By Tom Geddie Listening to Fontaine Brown's Tales from the Fence Line is almost like plugging in an old...

Raleigh

Dallas-based Raleigh’s unique brand of hyper-melodic, shoe-gazer rock has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Also, frontman/vocalist Josh King is one of the nicest...