Tom Vek tempers the downtrodden story of "Pushing Your Luck" with a danceable fuzz-bass groove, and though the cautionary tale may be a bit tongue in cheek, who hasn’t known days where everything feels like fisticuffs with the world’s strongest man?
There's nothing quite like the spice of Latin-funk music, rich in vitality, infectious in beat. All Good Funk Alliance manages to capture all of those musical pleasures in a remix of Samba Soul's classic song, "Mambo #5."
Through layers of emotionally charged (albeit autotuned) vocals and a steady beat, Los Angeles-based R&B artist Chris Batson promises to build a better life out of a dark world when he returns on the appropriately titled track "Come Back for You."
Pop music is so many things to so many people. To the Rosebuds, featuring the core of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, it means working with Justin Vernon as producer for a sound as bright as the late summer sun, jangling your guitars till they sing along with you on the big, irresistible chorus of "Blue Eyes."
The Rural Alberta Advantage returns with a new album this fall, and first single, "Terrified," finds the Toronto-based band pushing the limits of its folk-inflected rock and reaching exciting, fresh rock terrain.
"Use me, make me suffer, hold me under till my grip unfolds…." These are not the typical words of a simple romantic song, let alone of a simple Friday night. In the imagination -- melodic and lyrical -- of Montreal-based songwriter Jesse Daniel Smith, however, they capture the beauty and terror that sometimes accompanies love.
With echoes of the Magnetic Fields plugged in and the Smiths cheered up (if just a little), the Skating Party, effectively the work of Philadelphia musician Gregory James, has a lush and finely-layered '80s sound that's at once lyrical and danceable.
Coconut Records aren't exactly a household name, but judging from the enduring melody and spirit of a song like "West Coast," they should be. New York-based band Mainland pays a fittingly lo-fi and surfy tribute in this satisfying cover.
Joshua Worden describes his new album "Into the Fog" as "moments that feel like they are constantly fading, receding into fog." The misty, late-night, electronic sound of the title cut evokes his neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, filtered through his own melancholy experience.
Best known as guitarist for the Walkmen, Peter Matthew Bauer takes advantage of the band's "extreme hiatus" to explore Indian and psychedelic-folk music on the spellbinding "Philadelphia Raga."