Hypnotic, lush and exhilirating, the latest from Brothers Lazaroff builds upon the veteran St. Louis band's soul and psych-influenced sound with horns, strings and synths. It's the kind of song that just might stay on your mind "Day and Night."
When it comes to noisy, giddy, poppy punk, Bunnygrunt has been setting the standard in St. Louis since the early '90s. "Still Chooglin' (After All These Beers)," an affectionate sendup of sloppy and speedy two-chord bar rock (if not CCR itself), shows they've still got a lot left in the tank.
With hints of surf-pop, swooning harmonies and misty psychedelia, "I've Got a Reason to Keep Living" by family (as in brothers, sisters and cousins) band Babes gives any fan of well-orchestrated indie pop a reason to keep listening.
Multi-instrumentalist Nick Kinsey (who has worked with artists like AC Newman, Elvis Perkins and the Felice Brothers) throws all of his pop, rock and experimental sensibilities into the whirling fuzz fest of "Wide Awake."
Like ? and the Mysterians filtered through My Morning Jacket, Telegraph Canyon's "Why Let It Go" is strangely catchy: horn blasts, brooding rhythm track and feedback and all.
Brighton, UK native Michael David Rosenberg performs under the name Passenger, one of the more fitting aliases on the indie-folk scene. On the Elkoe remix of "A Thousand Matches" he takes listeners on seductive, open-ended, sonic and lyrical journey.
A dense, guitar-crunching anthem for a long, hot summer night, "Lights Out" by Josh Flagg aims to light up the alt-rock scene.
Stevie B Wolf may make music through the prism of his experience with depression, ADD and Tourette’s Syndrome, but a track like "Nothing But a Name" isn't looking for sympathy. For all its melancholy themes, like any excellent pop-rock song, it wants you to sing and dance along, and feel liberated while doing so.
Blitzen Trapper returns this fall with a new album that keeps its focus on the lyrical folk, rock and twang that's been its strong suit. The new track, "Lonesome Angel," is the Portland, Oregon band at its best.
Montclair, New Jersey band Stolen Jars, featuring Molly Grund and Cody Fitzgerald, threads together delicate indie folk with sparkling and rhythmic electronic sounds on the new track "Bright Red."