Chicago band of brothers (as in literally three brothers) the Safes channel all their love for classic Brit-Invasion rock like the Kinks and the just as classic American garage rock of the Sonics into their slightly poppy, always tautly-written songs. "Hopes Up, Guard Down" is a rock 'n' roll anthem for these guardedly hopeful days.
The following list provides what I consider to be a great entry point into the world of psychedelic music, spanning five decades of this ever-growing genre's popularity.
The latest from California rocker Ty Segall, "Susie Thumb," is a headlong rush into '60s garage fuzz and heavy psychedelia, as grimy as it is thrilling.
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.