The cover of Crushed Stars' new record, In the Bright Rain, shows a faded photograph through a water-soaked lens. The silhouette of a couple walking hand-in-hand leads to a brighter sky ahead, indicating the storm has passed. It's a good first impression of the record without actually hearing it. Longtime fans of Crushed Stars, a moniker used by Todd Gautreau, know his previous six albums have been steeped in melancholy, downtrodden tones. One supposes it's the outlook of a middle-aged art-rock dad trapped in Frisco during a shaky economy. Just a few years ago, when Gautreau was laid off, he found himself searching for a way to support his family again. Luckily, his situation didn't slow down his creative process. And, on In the Bright Rain, things seem to... More >>>