Maroon 5’s PJ Morton thrives on new solo album

PJ Morton may be the keyboardist for pop-rock band Maroon 5, but he returns to his New Orleans musical roots on his new solo album. Morton,

Rogue + Jaye debut ‘Pent Up’ is graceful, expressive

Zach Rogue and Courtney Jaye express themselves just fine on their debut, sprinkling “Pent Up” with a little indie dust over a graceful mix of pop, country

Trombone Shorty album displays another growth spurt

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews reinforces his commitment to New Orleans on “Parking Lot Symphony,” a rich, energetic collection of funk, R&B, and even dirges and pop. As

Davies relays his ‘Americana’ experience in song

Think of “Americana,” the first release of new material from former Kinks frontman Ray Davies in nine years, as a musical memoir of sorts. It’s

Angaleena Presley affirms her renegade status

Angaleena Presley has earned her place in the resistance to the formulaic vibe that rules Nashville these days. On her new album, “Wrangled,” she cements it with

Michelle Branch returns, thrillingly, after some time

The last time Michelle Branch released a full-length solo album was the same year Apple launched iTunes and “Finding Nemo” was in movie theaters. Judging

Aimee Mann offers delicate takes on ‘Mental Illness’

Aimee Mann plays to an illusory type on “Mental Illness,” a serene album of delicate, mournful songs with characters walking off cliffs, stuck in holes and escaping to amusement

Guy Clark tribute, more on Rodney Crowell’s latest

Rodney Crowell was headlining a music festival recently, speaking from the stage to a large, admiring audience, when he confessed with a chuckle that songwriter’s block sometimes

Paul Shaffer and his dangerous band show their chops

Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s long-time nutty bandleader, recaptures some of the old TV magic on his new album with The World’s Most Dangerous Band and help from

Ed Sheeran shows vast talent in new album ‘Divide’

Don’t believe the title of Ed Sheeran’s new album. He doesn’t want to divide. His math this time is all about compiling, accumulating. On “Divide,” the

The Shins harness ‘Heartworms’ on playful 5th album

James Mercer takes the helm on “Heartworms,” producing The Shins’ fifth A folky guitar and snappy percussion drive “Mildenhall,” a true-to-life glimpse into Mercer’s military

Little Big Town return to roots, but stay in neutral

Regular scheduled programming has resumed for Little Big Town. The quartet gets back to their country roots on “The Breaker” after exploring an electronic side with Pharrell

Elbow loses a member and become more accessible

Less, it turns out, is more for the British band Elbow. On their seventh studio album, the art-rockers have lost a founding member, but the music they

An Americana icon ranges into new territory

If Merle Haggard is the defining voice of country music, Jay Farrar might be the artist you’d turn to if you had to explain the Americana genre

Run The Jewels packs a smart punch on ‘RTJ3’

There’s a lot fire behind Run The Jewels and their latest album, “Run The Jewels 3.” They’re longtime hip- hop practitioners on a current come- up, riding a crest of

Dead Man Winter delivers rare gem over breakup

Dave Simonett has delivered something you almost never see in music: a gorgeous divorce album. Simonett, leader of the progressive bluegrass-rock band Trampled by Turtles, works under the banner

Train’s new CD is stuck in the same soft-rock track

Some people simply adore Train. Others simply loathe them. The band’s new album is unlikely to change anyone’s mind. The band — now without lead

Delbert McClinton, at 76, brings it once again

Few singers illustrate the gulf between live and recorded music better than Delbert McClinton, whose gruff voice and blues-infused rock have always sounded best in a beer-splashed

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