MADE TO MOVE: The questions on Josh Rouse's The Embers of Time cut deeper than pop-savvy musings on love found and lost. But the singer-songwriter's trademark sense of groove prevails.

Josh Rouse on existentia­l angst and break dancing

Rouse’s newest album, The Embers of Time (the tour for which brings him to New Mountain on Friday, June 19) contains plenty of contenders to add to his hits list. Lead track “Some days I’m Golden All Night” captures both tropical breeze and pragmatic angst. The Neil Young-flavored “New Young” aches with harmonica and thoughts of trading ambition for a slower pace of life.

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Standing tall

Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth, performs at the Orange Peel on Tuesday, July 24. His live show is hailed as captivating, soulful, dynamic, intimate, precise, unnerving and interspersed with moments of beauty. Aka, not to be missed. (He’ll also be on the syndicated show eTown this Sunday at 6 p.m., streaming on local radio station WNCW-FM 8.7 FM.)