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Charlie Barnes sometimes calls his music "death pop," which is probably more than a little ironic. With echoes of Rufus Wainwright, the Beatles and maybe even a little bit of Queen, "Sing to God" is an explosion of orchestral indie-rock.

Post-punk is many things: If you want a glimpse of where it may be headed, listen to "Lies" by Totem Terrors, a howling, alienated but still catchy blast of danceable rock 'n' roll.

Beginning on a downcast, reflective note, "American Drag" by Portland, Oregon band the Domestics quickly shifts into something else entirely: a quirky and ebullient love song filled with twisting guitars and tight harmonies, ready made for a power-pop summer.

High-octane Scottish indie-rock band Idlewild finds a clear and soulful acoustic sound -- with glowing organ and fulsome backing harmonies -- on a newly released version of "Every Little Means Trust," recorded live at An Tobar (Isle of Mull) during the band's 2014 acoustic tour.

Glasgow, Scotland band the Dirty Blonde might take its time kicking into full gear, but when new track "Take You Under" reaches overdrive, it finds blistering alternative-rock bliss.


Dreamy and absolutely dancy, "Clicks In" by Caralis marks a departure for Dan Frau, best known as leader of UK alt-rock band Anison. The electronic-pop sound, crafted by producer John Merriman, falls and rises somewhere between Muse and Broken Bells.

Like an improbable if not impossible cross between Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt, "Going Down to the River" by Doug Seegers is absolutely classic country for a spirit-starved new age.

With hooks made for mainstream rock fans and a wash of chiming guitars and synths made for indie dance fans, "The Tide" by Pale Waves makes a pure pop splash.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 07:00

Song of the Day: 'Try Try Try' by Spoilers

Drawing on the artsy, blurry sounds of Sonic Youth and the catchy tension of Fugazi, UK quartet Spoilers buzz, whir and slash on the new track "Try Try Try."

Tom Cascino (aka Broke for Free) calls his imaginative remix of Iron and Wine's "Naked as We Came" a "nostalgic" project. While the the music of Sam Beam always inspires remembrances of things past, the forward-looking (and sounding) remix bodes for more beautiful moments to come for the Oakland, California electronic music maker.

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