Katy Goodman, aka La Sera, previews her forthcoming album "Hour of the Dawn" with "Running Wild," a crisp snapshot of the Vivian Girls singer as she (along with guitarist Todd Wisenbaker) races into the hard corkscrew turns of rock 'n' roll.
Faux Fur's loose and slurry new track "Rough Palms" finds the Calgary, Canada band doing what it does best: making jangly guitar pop with a dark, lo-fi, punk edge.
The Delines are a new project led by songwriter and novelist Willy Vlautin and Amy Boone of the Damnations TX, and including members of Richmond Fontaine, the Decemberists and the Minus 5. As heard on the luminous, country-soul track "I Won't Slip Up," the band's sound is as familiar and consoling as a favorite drink in a favorite bar, and as memorable and bittersweet as the hard-luck stories shared there.
Led by New York City-based songwriter Tim Barr, Silverbird celebrates the wild emotional swings of romantic infuation on "Hollow Heart." The singer may not feel worthy of a love-charmed life, but the band's gleaming, noisy rock surely is.
You may know Dean Wareham from his work with influential bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, but with his first solo work, the songwriter and guitarist enlisted producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket to find a easy-flowing, contemplative sound. New track "The Dancer Disappears" is about as good as psychedelic pop gets.
"Every silver lining has got a razor's edge," sings Paige Wood of the Peach Kings on "Be Around." The same could be said for the L.A. band's latest brooding but thrilling rock track.
"Got a quiver full of fire and a head full of rain, and I've been clinging to the drifting air," begins Patrick Park's lyrically majestic and musically humble "My Holding Hand Is Empty." It's the kind of song that only a serious songwriter could write; that it's so well sung and performed just makes it all the more remarkable.
As co-founder of punkish electronic group Brazilian Girls, Sabina is no stranger to catchy provocations. But the jazzy, droll (and of course highly danceable) new track "Viva L'Amour" finds fresh ways to challenge and seduce listeners
Finding convergence in electronic ambience and synth-rock explorations, "Ruin" by Washington D.C. group VEDAS leads the listener down a personal rabbit hole of estranged, haunted emotions.
Katie and Mike West, aka Truckstop Honeymoon, are back with more tales of everyday life, love, sadness and happiness, all written and sung with all the heart and humor of the American heartland. "Sometimes I Cry" ranks with some of their most honest and affecting ballads.