Rock & Roll is still very much alive. You can feel it in the raw energy of Desoto Jones, a band which blends contemporary sound with the roots of American Rock. The ragged intensity of Desoto Jones is reminiscent of the early days of grunge and alternative, but is also pleasantly sophisticated; the band skillfully fuses ear-grabbing melodies with soulful, introspective lyrics. Their music is an inquest of candid expression, but the band doesn't try to wax philosophic; its lyrics grow from real, relatable experiences. Desoto Jones’ DIY work ethic has paid dividends. Recently, the band’s music has been featured on MTV programming such as, “Jersey Shore” and “The Challenge: Battle of the Exes” through an innovative partnership with MTV-affiliated Hype Music. In addition, the band has previously shared the stage with artists such as A Simple Plan, Candlebox, Carolina Liar, Stephen Christian of Anberlin, and Ed Kowalczyk (of Live). Their latest EP, “Inward Telescopic,” evokes a sense of nostalgia for the past, with music traveling deep to touch the most basic human emotions. The band is readying to release its second full length album, titled Shapeshifter. Fans can expect an album with no bells or whistles, no dance beats, and no synthesizers to add artificial flourishes to the band’s straightforward delivery. With guitars, bass, drums and soaring vocals, it’s just straight-up rock music.