Jim James’ ubiquitous presence in March at South by Southwest produced a marathon string of shows in support of his solo LP debut, Regions of Light and Sound of God, the My Morning Jacket frontman bombarding audiences as cosmic evangelist and guitar-shredding shaman. Regions wrestles searchingly with spiritual awakening, both personal and universal, in James’ vision of rebirth amid modern chaos. The soulful, poignant songwriting of UK’s Cold Specks opens.– Doug Freeman
Athens, Ga., pop circus returns Lousy With Sylvianbriar. Houston’s Wild Moccasins first.