Steve Gunn, Gun Outfit
Brooklyn-based guitarist Steve Gunn is a virtuoso soloist on the order of Tom Verlaine. His lines can twist, curl, and tear at songs, pushing his sprawling melodies and pensive indie rock songs into folky, psychedelic directions. On this year’s The Unseen In Between Gunn takes a softer but no less incisive approach, grounding his songs with acoustic strumming and crafting low-key melodies that pulse with tension and release. Despite their name, the openers are not related to Steve but also float on understated acoustic, indie folk/rock waves.