Elysian Feel Lift the Shade

One Dylan refuses to be honored with a Nobel. Elysian Feel has two Dylans, and it’s hard to believe either would turn down the recognition. Drummer Dylan Seals and guitarist Dylan Kidd are transplants to New Orleans from Long Island and San Jose respectively, and they’re two-fifths of a band that along with Spence Bailey, Abner Deitle, and, Kendrick Magallanes, pulls together rock, hip-hop, electronica, Zappa, and jazz fusion bordering on Chicago (the band not the city).

Big Rock Candy Mountain Sleeps in with "Sister Sun"

Time hasn't smoothed out Big Rock Candy Mountain's sense of musical adventure. On the new Brother Moon, they continue to flirt with prog rock gestures and uncommon song structures, all in an indie rock context. As a result, songs on the album move with the unpredictable daring of good prog, but with the pompousness replaced by a freak's love of tripping.

Guitar Working

When Jimmy Robinson opens Guitarworks with "Can't Stop Drinking," he and Washboard Chaz are locked in a heated blues foot race. Robinson's remarkable ability isn't immediately obvious. I'm sure the song's harder to play than it sounds, but he makes slide and burred notes on his acoustic guitar sound effortless and exactly right.

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