Overlake, the creation of Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer, puts its alternative rock passions -- a love for Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine -- to gloriously noisy purpose on the new track "Disappearing."
Starting with a Mos Def sample and fuzzing into the playful mentalism of lines like "every point is infinite and everybody's livin' in it," Japanther's "Do It (Don't Try)" will please any fan of lo-fi pop punk.
Longtime friends Elizabeth McQueen and Brothers Lazaroff have been collaborating and performing together on-and-off for years, and recently they've joined forces for a jazzy, hip-hoppy remix EP called "The Laziest Remix." Discover a new sound in the form of Elizabeth McQueen Meet Brothers Lazaroff.
Made up of members of Robust Worlds, Heavy Deeds, Gospel Gossip and Is/Is, Minneapolis band Web of Sunsets get as picturesque and languorous as its name on the lovely, psych-folk track "Wildflowers."
In the sound of "Inamorata" you can clearly (and loudly) hear from where Vince Frederick and Nicky Veltman hail. Natives of Detroit and based in Los Angeles, the duo, known as the Singles, have a keen feel for power pop, glam and unadulterated rock 'n' roll.
When it comes to seduction, musical or otherwise, few bands in St. Louis can hold a romantic candle to Ransom Note. The soul-suffused rock band pours its heart out on a new single simply called "Happy Valentine's Day." Share it with someone you dig.
With a muscular backbeat and a sun-shower of guitar jangle and vocal harmonies, the Soft Hills' "Golden Hour" counters angst with the simplest and best weapon: a good rock song.
Now here's something we weren't expecting. Making the best of one of the recent snowpocalypses, St. Louis rock duo Bruiser Queen holed up, unplugged and laid down some acoustic takes on songs from its debut release "Swears" (and two songs from an album due out this spring). The acoustic version of "Kiss Me in My Dreams" sounds brand-new: dreamy and alluring but still very much Bruiser Queen.
Located in Cambridge, Mass., Club 47 (now known as Club Passim) was one of the most important venues of the folk revival, a joint where everyone from Taj Mahal to Joan Baez to Bob Dylan performed. On this new recording of the classic "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues," Jim Rooney and Peter Rowan meet up to relive the salad days of a pivotal time and place in American music.
Developed over the course of four years, the latest from the Honey Trees (aka Becky Filip and Jacob Wick) has an elegant, velvety sound, with twangy chime and misty, electronic flourishes. "Nightingale" is one of the prettiest tracks of a still-young year.