"Shotgun," the latest from Austin, Texas' Band of Heathens, reveals the veterans in a reflective and melodic mood, facing disappointment, finding new ways to move on, and discovering a memorable country-rock hook along the way.
"Failure is a state of mine" sings Lou Barlow on the new track by indie-rock heroes Sebadoh. The line rings with truth, but with a flying melody, a hint of country and those beautifully crunching and chiming guitars, it's a state that's mile and miles away from this song.
Chased by torrid organ and nail-driving rhythms, "For Anyone" by Seattle's Star Anna gets to the point: the point of no return from personal demons in a soul's dark night.
"Mila Don't Make a Sound," the first single off Eureka Birds' forthcoming album "Strangers," glides and shines with synth and guitar, but the emotional core is in singer Justin Levy's voice and a story of love fading away like the last strains of a good dream-pop song.
It's more than fitting that UK band Playlounge will release "Grandma Death" on Cassette Store Day -- yes, there really is such a thing. And there really still is good, melodic, lo-fi, noise punk. Give it a spin and hear for yourself.
Terse yet tense, droll yet danceable, "I've Got Energy" by Louisville, Ky. band the Debauchees has post-punk hooks and grooves in spades.
The name may be disarmingly coy, but the sound of Leftover Cuties, featuring sultry singer Shirli McAllen, is hopeful, melancholy, graceful. The new track "Clarity" dances along the line between sentimentality and spirit.
Throw up the windows and set the boombox to 11: When Black Joe Lewis throws a party the neighbors need to know about it. "Come to My Party" is a no frills, all thrills, hard funk roof raiser.
Slashing and snapping from the get-go, "Open Up Your Mind" by Fort Smith, Ark. band Pagiins is a relentlessly anarchic (and fun) take on the well-worn garage rock sound.
Funk 'n' soul's most inspirational fruit forms the titular subject of the latest from Miami's Ketchy Shuby. It's a sweet, juicy and utterly summery groove.