The feckless narrator of Anders Osborne's new song "47" may be wrong when he sings "nothing happens at 47," but when you've got a bluesy groove this good all can be forgiven.
There's no getting around it: "On the Wings of a Bug" by Borrowed Beams of Light (Adam Brock and friends of Charlottesville, Va.) sounds a lot like vintage Lindsey Buckingham; there's also no getting around how enthusiastically Brock channels that influence into something fresh and fetching.
The new track "Inside My Head" by Parkington Sisters (Sarah, Ariel, Nora and Rose) blends sisterly harmonies and precisely orchestrated strings for a fairly irresistible pop sound, part new wave, part girl group.
Dreamy and sultry, with echoes of classic British folk-rock, "I Think I Knew" finds Cate Le Bon sailing through a contemplative duet with Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius.
With a throbbing but airy electronic soundscape behind him, Jamison (no last name) of Abbotsford, British Columbia's Teen Daze sounds like he's headed straight into the heart of a lovelorn dream. And the sound of "Listen" will take you with him.
"Chairman Meow" may have a silly title, but it also has an irresistible rhythm and a subtle pop hook. You can hear how much fun Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion had recording it with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone.
Hailing from Jacksonville, Fla. the duo of Jonathan Berlin and Jared Boowser, aka Sunbears!, makes glorious pop music, somewhere between the Flaming Lips and Primal Scream at their loudest and lushest. New track "He's a Lie! He's Not Real!" will test the outer limits of your sound system.
St. Louis band Brothers Lazaroff is nothing if not prolific. But despite (or maybe because of) the brothers' work ethic, they consistently craft music with soulful intelligence. The sweeping, almost Robbie Robertson-esque "Battle Hymn" is the latest case in point.
"I'd sing modern songs, so different from the rest," croons Justin Jahnke of Chicago band Midnite on Pearl Beach. He doesn't mean it, not really; the sounds hearkens back to '70s progressive rock -- including a nice synth break -- while still sounding very much in the melodic moment.
Fall may be settling in, but there's still time to enjoy the summer, and "Kidnap Me," the latest from Philadelphia's Cruiser is a choice soundtrack for these final, carefree days in the sun.