Los Angeles Times: Best of 2015

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Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, “Lost Time” (Yep Roc): Downey’s sibling favorite-sons follow their earthy Grammy-nominated 2014 salute to blues man Big Bill Broonzy with a wider-reaching exploration and celebration of the roots music that influenced them growing up in Southern California. It’s an inspired set, running a gamut from Oscar Brown Jr.’s haunting cautionary tale against excess titled “Mister Kicks” to James Brown’s “Please Please Please.”