Fitting neatly but not too neatly between the folk-pop sheets of sound of bands like the Decemberists and the Head and the Heart, Chesapeake, Virginia band the Last Bison roams down its own anthemic path through "Bad Country."
Don't look for an Emily in the band Emily & the Complexes, but keep an eye on the Columbus, Ohio group all the same: the crunchy yet somehow bluesy power pop-powered rock of new track "You Won't" sounds like one last, loud hurrah for the summer.
Columbus, Ohio's Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons turns up the blues and the rock 'n' roll for a full-force new track called "Hurricane."
Armed with kick drum, accordion and an experimental-folk imagination, Lonesome Leash, the project of New Orleans musician Walt McClements, demonstrates on "The Night Was Old" that he's bound and determined to make roots music that's not quite like anything you've heard before.
Sometimes a great cover song completely transforms the original, and sometimes it honors the original by playing it straight. The latter is very much case with Athens, Georgia band Futurebirds' chime-perfect take on R.E.M.'s "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," but that doesn't mean it isn't great in its own way.
The colossal, ambient wall of shoegaze guitars and droning rhythmic track defines the sound of the latest from Denver band A Shoreline Dream. "The Heart Never Recovered" -- and progressive-psychedelic music lovers might not either.
"They're trying to put the weight of life on us," sings Massimiliano Morini of Moro & the Silent Revolution. "Our first rule should be to never look behind." It's a dose of folk-pop optimism that's well-worth heeding and hearing.
The latest from California rocker Ty Segall, "Susie Thumb," is a headlong rush into '60s garage fuzz and heavy psychedelia, as grimy as it is thrilling.
Driven by tough slide guitar and Ben Miller's tougher voice, the call-and-response gospel blues of "Get Right Church" just might make a believer out of the most hardened skeptic.
It's almost impossible to talk about Bobby Bare Jr. without mentioning his renowned father, country music icon Bobby Bare Sr. But Bare Jr. proves that he's more than just the son of a famous father in "North of Alabama," a soulful tune that blends alt-country with roots rock and is topped off with Bare Jr.'s deep, smoky voice.