In the hard-charging, strummy, slightly skewed music of Chicago band the Handcuffs you'll hear echoes of the Killers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But in the new track "Baby I Love You" you'll also hear glam-punk shot through with made-for-radio hooks.
Building from a whisper to a roar and then unbuilding back again, "Hush" by HAWK challenges everything you think you knew about the classic '90s shoegaze sound.
Veteran alternative-rock band the Verve Pipe returned this year with its first studio album in over a decade and a revived feel for songwriting by founder Brian Vander Ark. Case in point, the catchy single "Crash Landing."
Each year in December we ask our crew of volunteer photographers to choose four of their favorite pieces from the current year.
As part of the celebration of the first full year in the 88.1 KDHX Studios at Grand Center, the KDHX volunteer video team presents the top 14 videos of 2014.
"I hope you know this song is all I've got left," sings Matthew Squires on "Echo," and you almost believe him. "It's the final thread tying down my mind." But the song, while serious about the meaning of music, is also relentlessly giddy, even silly, with the quirkily rhythmic sound of his band the Learning Disorders suggesting that if this tune really is the end, they'll all go down smiling.
Austin, Texas' Charlie Belle, a teenage folk-pop trio, seems to have a clear mission: to get audiences singing and clapping along. The band's new single, "Get to Know," will do just that.
With echoes of Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, South Wales-based band the Marks Cartel turn up the Brit-rock sound with the new track "Where Do I Go?"
Written by Dave Hamilton and Clarence Paul, and recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1964, "Purple Snowflakes" isn't known as a holiday classic, even though it really should be. St. Louis band Rough Shop updates the dreamy, jazzy, psychedelic sound with a cover that's both faithful and fully inspired.
"Technicolor Souls" by Flight of Ryan comes pretty much as advertised: huge, playful, wide-spectrum pop, both digital and analog, that would sound as welcome at an outdoor festival as it would beeping and beeping and roaring out of your earbuds.