For all the crap the guy catches ("Shoes that look like feet" on SNL, etc.) for being the musical equivalent of coconut-scented hand soap, the surfer's latest, From Here Now to You, benefits from a sparse, acoustic approach. In other words, it's more Jimmy Taylor than Jimmy Buffett, and all the better for it. Golden Globe winner Alex Ebert (no, really) dons his prophet robe, abstains from showering and brings along his ecstasy-in-the-Kool-Aid folk-rock troupe Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes.
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