The bleakness at the edges of "Strange" by San Francisco duo Callow (Red Moses and Sami Knowles) will linger long after the track fades away. So too will the honesty of this guitar-and-drums journey into the dark.
A night like Tuesday night at the Pageant can be described in so many ways, but none of them carry a negative connotation.
Dreamy and sultry, with echoes of classic British folk-rock, "I Think I Knew" finds Cate Le Bon sailing through a contemplative duet with Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius.
Recalling the finely harmonized, surging folk-rock of Jefferson Airplane and Buffalo Springfield, the Parson Red Heads move forward confidently by reinterpreting the past brilliantly on "To the Sky."
Treetop Flyers have a whimsical name that conjures up images of rope swings and bird houses high above the earth, but their sound is solidly grounded in rootsy rock and alt country.
Not only does Siddhartha Khosla have one of the greatest names in all of indiedom, he's also got a terrific band, Goldspot, who sound finely tuned to the New York songwriter's artful, Byrdsian folk-rock, as evidenced on the latest single "The Border Line."
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down consistently deliver badass, jangly, folk rock filled with bent notes and electric emotion.
A little bit Americana and a little bit punk, Deer Tick is perhaps best known for their raucous live shows. At the KDHX studios though, they had to let the music do the talking.
The Lone Bellow may call New York home, but their rootsy Americana calls to mind open highways and state-fair sing-alongs more than the Brooklyn, N.Y. diner where they first played together.
From the Byrds to the bands of Nuggets, the West-Coast psych-folk and garage-rock sound of the Mantles has its sources; but on "Hello" that sound also has something more elusive: the spiraling, emotional vulnerability of one voice trying to reach another.