Saint Solitude Picks Sharon Jones and the National

Dup Crosson has been crafting lyrical, upbeat electronic pop as Saint Solitude since 2006. For his latest album, Journal of Retreat, he's added a full backing band that adds muscle to his chiming, Britpop-inspired melodies.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Dap Dippin' With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (Daptone, 2002)

I saw them last week at the Orange Peel. They do that 1960s Motown neo-soul thing, and they're really high energy. They're interesting—I haven't heard somebody do the retro thing so well before.

The National

High Violet (4AD)

I'm warming up to it. I'm a huge fan of the last two records, and their lead singer's been a big influence on me. He shows that you don't have to go above a whisper or a conversational tone to get your point across. This is a little restrained, though. I wish they'd really let go.