Anyone who’s tuned into Elizabeth Cook’s “Apron Strings” radio show on Sirius XM probably wouldn’t peg her as the dark sort, but her latest album is full of raw and honest explorations of life’s darker sides. You can read more about why that is in our Summer issue, where Cook talks with her friend Allison Moorer about the album and a whole lot more. (Preorder or subscribe now!) Or you can keep scrolling through here, to discover more raw, dark, and wild sounds from the likes of bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Esme Patterson (whom you may recall from her AMA-nominated duet with Shakey Graves last year), and workhorse Bill Mallonee. There’s a lot of good music swirling around these days. Get some.