Van der Graaf Generator + Don Dixon

Critics' pick
Photograph: Brendan Buesnel
We confess that we have a hard time wrapping our heads around this pairing of stormy English art-rock band Van der Graaf Generator and celebrated American roots-rock maven Don Dixon, two great tastes that feel a bit like culture clash together. Still, we're keen to hear both—Van der Graaf Generator in particular is providing a master class in aging with dignity intact, on recent albums like A Grounding in Numbers.