FOLK ROCK | Iron & Wine

FOLK ROCK | Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine's combination of soft vocal delivery and heavenly songwriting has a way of slipping into the background — its sounds emanate from the speaker but feel more comfortable blending into the environment. Singer-songwriter Samuel Beam is the maestro of this alternative folk outfit that began with lo-fi recordings but has now evolved to include richer instrumental textures.

HIP-HOP | Jarren Benton

It might be pure marketing genius to have album names like "Freebasing with Kevin Bacon" and "Huffing Glue with Hasslehoff"; comedic emcee Jarren Benton definitely knows what he's doing. The Georgia-based rapper not only has fast-spitting humorous rhymes with hot, sweaty party music, but he has big plans for the future.

CLASSICAL/POPS | Concert by the Shore

Summer is here and the regular orchestral concert season is over. But you can still catch the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director, Ward Stare, at a free concert at Ontario Beach next Wednesday.

ROCK | War

Through its humble beginnings in the late-1960's playing in topless joints to being discovered by legendary producer Jerry Goldstein and having The Animals' Eric Burdon join up, War's music and message has remained relevant all the way to today. Look and listen for timeless hits like "Why Can't We Be Friends?" and the summertime favorite featuring harmonica master Lee Oskar's trademark honk, "Lowrider."

CLASSICAL | "Sonic Cluster II"

Eastman alumni and pianists Futaba Niekawa and Olga Shupyatskaya on Sunday will bring back "Sonic Cluster" in a new program that focuses on the collaboration between Eastman musicians, local freelancers, and dancers. The concert highlights music written for two pianos, including the premiere of a work by fellow Eastman alum Jennifer Bellor.

PUNK | Hamell on Trial

Anti-folk storyteller Edward James Hamell is full of dark, comedic anecdotes exploring ideas of discontent with politics, social issues, family, and death. His music is fast, witty, and meant to invoke thoughts of rebellion.

ROCK | Living Colour

Living Colour added some pop ("Glamour Boys") to its heavy sizzle ("Cult of Personality") and ultimately forged an identity by making hard rock more inclusive and less gothic. The quartet emulated the eclecticism of Led Zeppelin and even had its own theme song ("What's Your Favorite Color?").

ROCK | Jared and The Mill

On Phoenix-based rock band Jared and The Mill's latest album, "Orme Dugas," front man Jared Kolesar and company balance pop hooks with country vibes and smatterings of folk and indie stylings. Having opened for major artists such as The Killers, Zac Brown Band, and The War on Drugs, Jared and The Mill are as radio-ready as they come.

WORLD MUSIC | "Azafea"

  This Monday, Temple B'rith Kodesh will provide the elegant setting for a transporting musical experience that melds Spanish and Jewish musical traditions.

SURF/ROCK | Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets

The last time Marshall Crenshaw blew into town, he was backed up by incendiary Midwest rockers, The Bottle Rockets. Crenshaw worked his way through his catalog with the Bottle Rockets giving it a little added volume and heat, so I wonder what surf instrumental darlings Los Straitjackets (featuring Rochester's Greg Townson on one of the sparkly guitars) will do to give Crenshaw's craft a goose.

STONER METAL | Black Wizard

It's been 47 years since Black Sabbath unwittingly created stoner metal (and heavy metal as a whole), and you would expect that nothing new could possibly be said about ripping bongs, cosmic entities, and following the smoke toward the riff-filled land. Leave it to Vancouver's Black Wizard to take the tried-and-true, riff-worship formula and twist it into something invigorating and new.

INDIE ROCK | The Ok-Ok's

York, Pennsylvania-based indie rock band The Ok-Ok's may be young but it brings the talent that most musicians work their entire lives for. On the group's new full-length album, "22/17" — simply named because three of the members were 22 and one was 17 when it was recorded — singer Sadie Swartz belts soulful, wailing vocals in every track with authentic energy while the music is comparable to an early Rolling Stones aesthetic.

ROCK | The Wild

Somebody's gonna get hurt; it's just a matter of time. Canadian quartet The Wild is what you get if you mix Motley Crue with a bunch of pyromaniac, axe-wielding, beer-swillin' gearheads with a penchant for blowing shit up and loud, fast rock 'n' roll.

ROCK | Elvis Costello

I don't have a top 10 list of shows I've seen over the years; I simply can't do it. However, I do have a top two, and both of them are the same show: Elvis Costello at the Eastman Theatre.

ROCK 'N' ROLL | Tigerman WOAH

The members of the self-described "Northshore livin', brown liquor drinkin', woah-singin', and good -rotten," band Tigerman WOAH are brassy, debaucherous rock 'n' rollers from Lynn, Massachusetts. The band combines an Appalachian bluegrass style — using banjo-ukulele, guitar, percussion, and upright bass — with raspy lead vocals, aggressive strings, and mischievous sing-alongs for a sound that would have been heard in an old Western saloon for outlaws and gypsies.

AMERICANA | Lee Winright

Influenced by a long list of story-telling troubadours, like Robert Earl Keen and Fred Eaglesmith, Lee Winright has one toe in melancholy waters while he intones weary and lonesome. The Texan sets the scene for a honky-tonk in the morning where those characters are still bellied-up and drinking from the night before.

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