The Antlers' 2009 album Hospice was the kind of feat no one would want to duplicate: It was audaciously beautiful and belovedby critics, but its wrenching songs reflect and expound upon highly specific personal losses for singer-guitarist Peter Silberman.
The Philadelphia pop-rock band Dr. Dog has continued to get better since forming in the early 2000s. The group's seven albums of layered psychedelia are deeply influenced by the best of '60s pop, adding up to a sound that's both timeless and classic.
Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:01 am
Musical genres always evolve in parallel worlds.
In the 1920s, composers of classical music such as Stravinsky and Copland began incorporating sensibilities of American jazz into their otherwise European musical culture. Various styles of folk music have always been fountainheads of inspiration for "classical" composers, so it was almost inevitable that blues-based music would make its way into the Western concert-music tradition.