A heavy, trippy blast of rock past, present and future, "Mercury in Retrograde" builds on the promise of Brian Lopez's budding career, surging through noisy aggression before dissolving into an elegaic, piano-based melody.
Grammar is the electronic (but not just electronic) project of Boston musician Barrie Lindsay, a student of music theory and composition who puts her compositional chops to stunning and irresistible use on the dreamy, poppy track "New World."
The shadowy and stirring new-wave meets post-rock sound of Boston band Soft Pyramids makes for a memorable introduction on the new track "Waning Moon."
Through meticulously layered vocals, droning strings and cathedral reverb, Somerville, Massachusetts-based group Abbie Barrett and the Last Date creates a ghostly yet crystalline vision of lyrical peace and (dis)quiet on "Lake House Moon."
Originally hailing from Seattle, Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden fuse dream-pop and pop-pop on the fulsome new track "Blue Hotel."
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.