ALBUM | With an eye for everyday tragedy and a world-weary delivery, Jason Isbell croons over whiskey and lost love on his new solo album Southeastern. Drifting through barrooms, motels and empty highways, the album delivers easy rocking alt-country tales of hard luck, bitter regret and missed redemption. Isbell, a former Drive-By Trucker who usually fronts the 400 Unit, offers a spare, razor-sharp collection of heartbreakers for rambling sinners.
BEER | A Salt Lake City brewery has embraced the unique Cascadian-style dark ale of the Pacific Northwest. Utah-based Uinta Brewing (pronounced “you-IN-tah”) distributes a variety of its bottled beers in the Spokane area, including the bold Dubhe Imperial Black IPA. With a full toasted malt flavor and heavy hops, Dubhe took the 2012 Gold Medal for Cascadian Style Dark Ale from the North American Beer Awards. Pick up a bottle and judge for yourself.
SHIRTS | Looking for a stylish way to support wildland firefighters? Wild Fire Tees, created in 2012 by a group of designers, produces T-shirts in support of Colorado firefighters with all profits going to fire relief efforts. Designers and other partners work together to print and distribute a variety of shirts for $20. Slogans include “More Disco, Less Inferno” and “Spread Love Like Wildfire.” You can also purchase a shirt to send directly to a firefighter. Shirts available at wildfiretees.com.