Glasgow, Scotland band the Dirty Blonde might take its time kicking into full gear, but when new track "Take You Under" reaches overdrive, it finds blistering alternative-rock bliss.
Dreamy and absolutely dancy, "Clicks In" by Caralis marks a departure for Dan Frau, best known as leader of UK alt-rock band Anison. The electronic-pop sound, crafted by producer John Merriman, falls and rises somewhere between Muse and Broken Bells.
Like an improbable if not impossible cross between Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt, "Going Down to the River" by Doug Seegers is absolutely classic country for a spirit-starved new age.
With hooks made for mainstream rock fans and a wash of chiming guitars and synths made for indie dance fans, "The Tide" by Pale Waves makes a pure pop splash.
Drawing on the artsy, blurry sounds of Sonic Youth and the catchy tension of Fugazi, UK quartet Spoilers buzz, whir and slash on the new track "Try Try Try."
Tom Cascino (aka Broke for Free) calls his imaginative remix of Iron and Wine's "Naked as We Came" a "nostalgic" project. While the the music of Sam Beam always inspires remembrances of things past, the forward-looking (and sounding) remix bodes for more beautiful moments to come for the Oakland, California electronic music maker.
Remixed in sparkling, snapping fashion by Autograf, "All We Need" by Seattle electropop duo ODESZA hits the dance floor with bent and bright hooks.
Greasy as a skillet and twice as hot and heavy, Brooklyn, New York band Yazan heats up some Southern garage blues on the new track "Tell Me Baby."
Anchored by a simple and delicate acoustic guitar figure, "Fire in a Classroom" reaches an intense, personal level on the Kate Bush-like strength of Julie Hawk's voice and her band HAWK's spiraling, atmospheric rock intuitions.
The celebratory, spiritual song "Lift Me Up" arises from Brooklyn, New York songwriter Jeremy Bass' personal desolation. Marriage over, house sold, money gone, future prospects dim, Bass did pretty much the only thing he could do: keep writing and making music.