Buoyed by heartfelt, headstrong music, Arcade Fire's set to a sold-out crowd at the Starlight Theatre found a connection. By Jared McNett
Local-act Whale Sink's mordantly matter-of-fact folk song "Nov. 18 1994" shows that often the only way to survive a situation is to avoid it.
Hidden in folk-artist Feathered Rhino's ragged acoustic cut "Get By Get High," there's a tinge of "romantic" psychedelia. By Jared McNett
The painful honesty of Vic Chesnutt's 2009 track "Flirted With You All My Life" makes the ragged folk tune one of modern music's most haunting songs. By Jared McNett
Indie-folk singer Angel Olsen's sophomore LP 'Burn Your Fire for No Witness' finds tenderness in dire circumstances and proves time is the ultimate opportunity creator. By Jared McNett
There's little to no information about lo-fi/experimental Kansas City band Merriweather and that mysteriousness makes all the difference. By Jared McNett
Bob Dylan's Super Bowl spot was met with cries of "selling out", but the chameleon-like artist has been "selling out" since the beginning. By Jared McNett
Mac Demarco's "Passing Out Pieces" masks honest emotion with sedate guitar riffs and slacker aphorisms. By Jared McNett