Beaker's Basement is Joe Cook's solo music project. He's picked about fifty songs from the last quarter of a century of songwriting (yikes!) from which to display his brand of alternative rock: mostly melodic with brief moments of gritty or angular guitars. Layering with a looping pedal makes his controlled-volume and nearly full-band sound possible. He boasts the long-ass jam on nearly every song so you can jabber incessantly about whatever seems so dang important and not really miss anything; it’s been incorporated into the deal. For style similarity, think B.B. King playing Sebadoh. (www.beakersbasement.com)
William Pint & Felicia Dale provide decidedly different entertainment in the world of maritime music. They deliver dynamic vocals and instrumental fireworks, early music to modern, traditional sea shanties to contemporary songwriters, heart-wrenching to downright silly, with powerful harmonies and dramatic instrumental work on guitar, hurdy-gurdy, octave mandolin, penny whistles, and fiddle. Their material is well researched, authentic and from the heart.