Over years on the singer-songwriter circuit, Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have built a musical friendship that they fulfill on their first duo record, "For Keeps," which leads off with the graceful, carefree "Two White Clouds." If this song wasn't made to welcome in the summer, no song could be.
"Waste Them All," the latest from Charlotte, North Carolina-based band Flagship, holds very little back: over a synthesized bed, the group unfurls charging rhythms and orchestral guitars that should appeal to fans of both Sigur Rós and Cold Play.
The veteran musicians of the Feed fully embrace their collective, inner glam-rocker on the new cut "Rexy." In a career of making smart, catchy rock music, this might be the St. Louis band's catchiest and smartest.
"Wonder Lensed" by the Wonder Revolution, a collaboration between guitarist David Lord and Les Easterby, drifts through a lush, impressionistic landscape of stringed instruments and cascading voices to create something like a soundtrack to a dream you're sure you've had before but still can't really place.
There's nothing quite like fuzzy, sexy, catchy rock 'n' roll -- and that's just what Austin, Texas band Megafauna specializes in. The new track "Time to Go" is 3:37 of pure seduction.
"Pitch Black" has pretty much everything fans of Saddle Creek band PUJOL love -- a loud, lo-fi rock groove, poppy call-and-responses, experimental noise, hand claps and Dan Pujol's strung-out voice and equally strung-out wit.
Fear not. Evil Forces isn't another black-metal band skulking out of obscure reaches of the Nordic lands. Evil Forces is a folk group from Jyväskylä, Finland, and its sound, especially on the plaintive, wintery "Parcels of Sleep," couldn't be more inviting.
With nods to the New York Dolls and the Stooges, the glam-punk sound of Brisbane, Australia band the Furrs reaches peak snarl and fuzz (and is that a banjo being beaten into submission?) on the new track "Get on Your Horse."
Recorded at San Francisco's semi-legendary Tiny Telephone studio, "Bad Trip" by Secret Cities is the sound of an indie-pop band coming into its own. More noisey than twee, more tuneful than coy, the track would fit right in on a playlist anchored by Camera Obscura or Rilo Kiley.
The strange and tragic story of actress Frances Farmer has inspired numerous fellow artists to tell and retell her story. One of the most moving is surely Kurt Cobain's "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle," originally recorded for Nirvana's "In Utero" album, and here given a harrowing interpretation by UK duo the Honey Ants.