The mandolinist-composer Vivian Li thrives between bluegrass and classical music. No two genres are more hard-set in their ways, but Li and her Pickled Campers apply heat to tradition and the walls come tumbling down; the result is Li's promising debut, Growing in the Cracks.
There are sardonic artists in Nashville and, alternately, singer/songwriters who treat the stage like a confessional. But House manages to pull off both wry and sincere at once. He then he sets it all to viscid melodies that stick in your ear like a warm hunk of taffy.
Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?).