DAMIEN JURADOA consummate songwriter, Damien Jurado is a Northwest musical treasure, crafting poignant and heart rending albums in the tradition of folk artists like Neil Young and Nick Drake. His last release, 2012’s “Maraqopa,” is considered nothing less than a high water mark for Jurado. An album of passion and subtle, gentle power, produced by lo-fi aficionado Richard Swift, “Maraqopa” continues Jurado’s musical wanderings as the troubled troubadour.
Aaron Espinoza is best known as the frontman of L.A.’s indie rock staple Earlimart, though he’s also a member of the band Admiral Bradley, with Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and can often also be found producing and composing for artists like Ben Gibbard and Port O’Brien. Clearly though, Earlimart is Espinoza’s baby, a group he’s nurtured over the last 13 years alongside bassist Ariana Murray. The band’s latest release, last year’s “System Preferences,” added in electronic elements to compliment Earlimart’s effortless indie hooks. CHARLIE SWANSON
By day, San Francisco artist Clare Rojas paints visionary folk street art. By night, she performs as the likewise brilliantly midwestern folk singer Peggy Honeywell. Dusted with a retro vibe and a decidedly country tinged sound, Honeywell has crafted four well-received albums of introverted hummings and a just-under-the-surface passion that shines through when it is most needed. With her visual art inspiring her music and vice versa, Peggy Honeywell has grown from an experimental outlet to a vital extension of Rojas’ art and her spirit. CHARLIE SWANSON
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