Justin Kalk Orchestra
In terms of sonically imaginative rock guitar, JKO pushes all my buttons in exactly the right way—including a few I didn’t know I had. Kalk has chops to burn, but he seems more interested in mangling his Strat than humbling listeners with his dexterity. Hints of Hendrix lurkin his playing, but Kalk’s songs and freaked-out tones are completely his own. Cover art is by the renowned illustrator Ralph Steadman, and Kalk’s music expresses a similar gonzo vibe. Slamming grooves, ripping fretwork, unexpected twists and turns—perfect music to rattle the windows.