Arish Ahmad Khan, better known as King Khan, should receive the award for hardest-working man in show business.
Portland, Ore.'s Paradise doesn't just embrace the classic, '60s garage-rock sound; on "Born and Bound," the band grabs it by the throat and shakes loose all the economic and emotional desperation lurking beneath the messy surface.
The brash crash of "Wolf at Your Window" by Brooklyn, N.Y. trio Raccoon Fighter makes a clear statement: garage rock isn't going away any time soon, and that's a good thing for fans of loud, limber rock 'n' roll.
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.
Yelping, grooving garage pop with a great Kinks quote recorded in Puerto Rico? Sure, why not? In the hands of Shark Week, and the cut "Baby Maybe," the sound is irresistible.
You Me & Us are indigenous to California, the land of eternal summer. We who have migrated to the Midwest see California illuminate the West like hope's beacon. Just over Nevada's heat and dry, fragrant air that carries the scent of summer sweat and dust lays a promise land of surf, sun and freedom.
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.