The driving force behind veteran Los Angeles soul-jazz ensemble Breakestra, Miles Tackett emerges as a bonafide guitar-slinging, rock 'n' roll heavy hitter on the bluesy track "Everything."
A breezy if slightly nerdy (in a charming way) burst of power pop, "Anna" by Ransom and the Subset captures the ennui of a heartbroken girl with her records and a boy and a band who probably don't stand a chance of winning her back -- though they're not about to stop trying.
The gorgeous harmonies of "Good Luck Charm," the title track from the new album by the Mastersons, is just the most noticeable of many charms. With sparkling guitars, a pinpoint rhythm section and an undeniable hook on the chorus, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have created an Americana classic.
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.