09/24/2010 11:02 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dog Ears Music: Volume 142


Jeff Bridges
Actor/musician Jeff Bridges was born last mid-century, the second son of Hollywood royalty. By his teens, he was writing songs, eventually landing a title in the 1969 picture John and Mary. Quincy Jones took interest in the young songsmith and published some of his titles. Accolades include the Best Actor Oscar for Crazy Heart (2009), a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe. Download "Brand New Angel," written by the late Stephen Bruton, from the 2009 Crazy Heart soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett; it's got a break-your-heart resonance.

Genre: Soundtrack

Artist: Jeff Bridges

Song: Brand New Angel

Album: Crazy Heart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Edition]

Des Roar
Des Roar was founded in New York City in 2006 by California transplants Ben Wolcott (vocals, guitar) and Ryan Spoto (bass) and city gal Lyla Vander (drums, vocals), with Alan O'Keeffe (guitar) rounding out the lineup. While making their bones on the downtown scene, the band released their 2007 debut EP. By 2008, they went to work with producer Graham Finn to create their full-length Mad Things. Download the disturbingly cool "Ted Bundy Was a Lady's Man." Play it loud!

Genre: Rock

Artist: Des Roar

Song: Ted Bundy Was a Lady's Man

Album: Mad Things

Beast is the Montreal avant-rock super duo of singer/songwriter Betty Bonifassi (The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack) and drummer/producer Jean-Phi Goncalves (Plaster). Founded in the mid-aughts, the Grammy-nominated unit has collaborations that include Lauryn Hill, Pierre Lapointe, DJ Champion, and Simon Wilco. Get hooked on "Satan," from their 2008 debut Beast.

Genre: Rock

Artist: Beast

Song: Satan

Album: Beast

Fletcher Henderson
Swing bandleader pianist/arranger Fletcher Henderson was born in Georgia in 1897. He grew up intending to be a chemist and earned his B.S. from Atlanta University. After moving to New York in 1920, he found his postgraduate path blocked by racism, and instead took work in the music business, first for W.C. Handy and then with the Black Swan label. By 1922, he made a home at the legendary Roseland Ballroom with his Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, which remained a staple for nearly a decade. Collaborations include Coleman Hawkins, Ethel Waters, and Louis Armstrong. In 1939, he joined Benny Goodman's troupe. Henderson toured intermittently for the rest of his career, until a stroke sidelined him in 1950. The impresario passed away in 1952. Remember this legend with the 1924 recording "Sugar Foot Stomp," from Ken Burns Jazz--Fletcher Henderson.

Genre: Jazz

Artist: Fletcher Henderson

Song: Sugar Foot Stomp

Album: Ken Burns Jazz-Fletcher Henderson

Dawes is the Los Angeles roots-rock quartette comprised of brothers Taylor (vocals, guitar) and Griffin (drums, vocals) Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber (bass), and Alex Casnoff (keys). An outgrowth of a Malibu High School indie-rock band, Dawes carries the essence of the vintage California sound. Collaborations/shared stages include Tay Straithairn, Conor Oberst, Benmont Tench, Chris Robinson, Delta Spirit, and Langhorne Slim. Discover "When My Time Comes," from Dawes' 2009 debut North Hills, produced by Jonathan Wilson.

Genre: Alternative

Artist: Dawes

Song: When My Time Comes

Album: North Hills

Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Pedal steel master Robert Randolph was born in late-'70s New Jersey into a spiritual household. At the age of 15, Robert found his musical calling in Philadelphia's House of God Church. On the verge of the aughts, Randolph made his mark in NYC's venues, sharing bills with the likes of Victor Wooten, Soulive, and Medeski Martin & Wood. Among the Family Band members are Danyel Morgan (bass), Marcus Randolph (drums), and Lenesha Randolph (vocals). Collaborations/shared stages include Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Leon Russell, the Roots, the Dave Matthews Band, and John Mayer. Accolades include the 2005 W.C. Handy Blues Award for Best New Artist Debut and the 2002 Jammy Award for New Groove of the Year. Get "Salvation," from the 2010 release We Walk This Road (Deluxe Version), produced by T Bone Burnett.

Genre: Rock

Artist: Robert Randolph and The Family Band

Song: Salvation

Album: We Walk This Road (Deluxe Version)