Michael Hann’s oral history The Gospel of the Hold Steady traces the band’s image, music, and challenges in a brilliant chronicle of the promise of rock ‘n’ roll.
Girlfriend on Mars equips itself nicely on the climate change front, but subsuming that narrative and the tensions within it into the love story redirects the novel’s orbit.
Indie rockers The National use every tool in their toolbox, from devastating lyrics to a Taylor Swift feature, to create a cohesive and expressive ninth LP.
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield teams up with folk singer-songwriter Jess Williamson as the duo Plains, with the debut LP I Walked With You a Ways.
Bob Weir and the Wolf Bros. are a new framework for interpreting the Grateful Dead that’s more interested in the true essence of the music.
Indigo Sparke’s Hysteria is an immersive, blurry mood piece of alternative songwriting that captures the confusing and fluctuating feelings inside of her.
Snarky Puppy is America’s jazz fusion factory and Empire Central hides an album’s worth of gems amidst well-composed, well-played pieces.
Continuing to blend hip-hop and indie rock, Bartees Strange charts a musically agile, emotionally-charged journey through his psyche on Farm to Table.