"I feel like an old soul," sings Drew Holcomb on the new song "Tightrope. "I feel like a sinking ship." The world-weariness isn't a downer, however. It's Holcomb's way of facing the truth, which, like the friend and/or lover he invokes, helps him make it along the perilous tightrope walk of life.
Think you know indie dance-pop? Think again. The frenetic, time-signature-shifting electro bop sound of "You Only Like What You Know" by Beardyman unleashes all of Darren Foreman's beatboxing, looping and loopy talents.
In Andy Shauf's "Hometown Hero," what starts out as a satirical (but oh so lyrical) portrait of a small-town might-have-been, ends up as a charming, everyman fantasy come true.
Led by guitarist and singer Jessica Boudreaux, Portland, Oregon band Summer Cannibals goes full-on, heavy fuzz-rock on the snarling, riff-ripe new track "Not Your Turn."
The sound of the Corner Laughers is, as its name implies, the sound of pure delight: quirky but focused harmonies, frenetic rhythms, plinking glockenspiel and lyrics that inspire like that first burst of cheery sunshine you've been missing all winterlong.
The simple tones that open "Every Drop" are signifiers of the aesthetic purity that Thad Kopec yearns for -- and finds in this warmly unfolding, deceptively lush, acoustic-electronic song.
Call the sound fuzz-rock, call it post-rock, just don't call it a paint-by-numbers cover of the beloved Joy Division. Brooklyn, New York's Lightouts have clearly put their snarling, noisy stamp on "Interzone."
If the crushing wash of guitars and tense rhythmic drive didn't make it clear, then the personal story Lilly Hiatt unfolds on "Get This Right" really should. The new music Hiatt is making draws on her love for post-punk and alternative rock, while still remaining true to her honest, daring way with complex themes of love and understanding. "Are we ever gonna get this right?" she asks. Musically, the answer is yes.
Hailing from Festus, Missouri, the Langaleers may make music in the shadow of fellow Festusians the Bottle Rockets, but their frenetic garage-rock sound, while echoing with a bit of Midwestern twang here and there, has an often crunchy, sometimes mathy drive that complements singer and songwriter Kory Meyer's raspy snarl.
The Blank Tapes have released their latest album "Geodesic Dome Piece" on both vinyl and cassette. They should really consider an 8-track version, as the sound of "Way Too Stoned" seems to come straight out of an endlessly looping cartridge dubbed with classic, late '60s psychedelic rock.