From the Byrds to the bands of Nuggets, the West-Coast psych-folk and garage-rock sound of the Mantles has its sources; but on "Hello" that sound also has something more elusive: the spiraling, emotional vulnerability of one voice trying to reach…
A river as a metaphor -- for life, time, love, etc. -- should be the most dried up of all tropes, but not when backed by the wail, snap, crash, clash and Richter scale-testing acoustic-bass thump of Beach.
A rousing, breathless blast from the past of pop-punk with a Moogy-loop as a hook, "Calling on Columbia Pike" by Speedwell may have been recorded 10 years ago, but it belongs on any Summer of 2013 mixtape.
Gothic without getting too corny, doom-laden without losing the taste for discovery, the Builders and the Butchers lead listeners through a scorched landscape of country & western & indie rock on "Desert on Fire."