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.
The British Invasion ended four decades ago but China Rats never got the memo. "Nip It in the Bud," the latest single from the Leeds UK band, was produced with help from Hugh Worskett and mixing by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters and the Pixies). The result is state of the garage art.
Soaked in hellcat rockabilly and wasted rock 'n' roll, the raw and brazen Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside know where the garage party is at. They could knock, but it's more fun to kick down the doors.