You could fault Martin Sexton for what appear to be retro tendencies, but he uses his soul, blues and rock materials in fresh ways. The Syracuse, N.Y., native made his bones as a live performer in Boston and went on to release such well-regarded records as Black Sheep and Wonder Bar. He continues to make musical conservatism sound relevant on his new full-length Sugarcoating, which finds Sexton examining the difference between escapism and plausible dreams. “Livin’ the Life” mentions a “corporate lawyer in a pin-striped suit” who takes stock of his life. “Some of us break free / When you grow up, what will you be," Sexton sings. With his acerbic voice and sturdy guitar, Sexton has affinities with jam-band icon Dave Matthews — whether that's a good thing or not depends on how you feel about average guys and their soul, blues and rock leanings.