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Fool’s Gold

Fool’s Gold
IAMSOUND

A typical Fool’s Gold song establishes a melodic figure and then tortures it for up to five minutes, creating a sound as dense and enormous as the 12-piece ensemble itself.

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Posthumous Success

Tom Brosseau
FATCAT

Grand Forks, N.D.-turned-Los Angeles singer/songwriter Tom Brosseau’s third full-length for FatCat, Posthumous Success (named for a chapter in an Albert Camus biogra

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Enslaved Africans in early America invented the banjo, a combination of several indigenous African instruments.

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Make A Move

Hill Country Revue
RAZOR & TIE

Hill Country Revue is a must-own for even the most casual of blues lovers.

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Let’s Go to Baba’s

Mittens on Strings
SOUNGS

Let’s Go to Baba’s is the soaring second album from Chicago (by way of Louisville) collective Mittens on Strings.

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Night After Night

Arnett Hollow
SELF-RELEASED

On their second effort, we start to see these guys (and gal) hone their abilities.

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The Naysayer

Evil Engine No. 9
SELF-RELEASED

Grunge, metal and, on a lesser level, emo are combined with relative aplomb in this freshman EP by Evil Engine No. 9.

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The Best of The Black President

Fela Kuti
KNITTNG FACTORY/KALAKUTA SUNRISE

Got Fool’s Gold and Antibalas on repeat? Go archival for their prolific ancestor.

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Circles Around Me

Sam Bush
SUGAR HILL

As newgrass (an arguably Louisvillian invention) turns 40, Sam Bush, the genre’s chief architect, continues to construct superb sounds from his adopted Nashville.

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Manners

Passion Pit
COLUMBIA/FRENCHKISS

Passion Pit’s Manners, the sophisticated follow-up to their 2008 EP, Chunk of Change, is a sonic party from the first note.