Slashing and snapping from the get-go, "Open Up Your Mind" by Fort Smith, Ark. band Pagiins is a relentlessly anarchic (and fun) take on the well-worn garage rock sound.
Funk 'n' soul's most inspirational fruit forms the titular subject of the latest from Miami's Ketchy Shuby. It's a sweet, juicy and utterly summery groove.
Beginning with a simple, steady strum of guitar, "The Way We Fall" by Alela Diane softly but assuredly opens doors to melody, memory and flute-laced mysteries.
A song of awakening to a new, light-filled season, "Sun Song" by Laura Veirs finds the Northwesterner meditating on maternal and redemptive themes across beautiful waves of voices (including Neko Case), guitars and strings.
Glittering, drifting and even swinging in its own post-soft rock way, "Pendulum" by Pure Bathing Culture invites listeners to dive in.
Not only does Siddhartha Khosla have one of the greatest names in all of indiedom, he's also got a terrific band, Goldspot, who sound finely tuned to the New York songwriter's artful, Byrdsian folk-rock, as evidenced on the latest single "The Border Line."
In essence the Harmed Brothers are the Eugene, Ore. duo of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido, but on the new track "When You See Me" the two expand their post-Tupelo, country-folk sound into a back porch party that never gets too rowdy to crowd out the wistful theme and sweet harmonies.
Produced by James Gregory and mixed by Stephen Gause, the new track "Get Back" by blue-eyed soul singer Nathan Angelo most definitely does just that: getting back to a sweet '70s Motown soul sound, complete with knowing Stevie Wonder allusions.
With a wash of surf tremolo, a militant march of bass and the angsty howl of Rick Froberg (sounding like a voice-blown Tom Verlaine), the new track "Spun Out" argues that Brooklyn, N.Y. band Obits is very much alive.
One of the great performers on the contemporary rockabilly scene, Kim Lenz expands her sound with the sultry, strutting ballad "Follow Me."