Ezra Furman may look like a scruffier version of Conor Oberst, but on his second solo album, "Day of the Dog," he howls away all prepossessions of indie folk and proves himself to be one of rock 'n' roll's native sons.
With the fuzzy, rattling sound of a vintage boombox gone haywire, "7X3" by Brooklyn, N.Y. band Starlight Girls leads the adventurous listener on a late-night prowl through the dark side of the boroughs.
"Failure is a state of mine" sings Lou Barlow on the new track by indie-rock heroes Sebadoh. The line rings with truth, but with a flying melody, a hint of country and those beautifully crunching and chiming guitars, it's a state that's mile and miles away from this song.
Seattle, thank you. You were sunlight and summer for three straight days, saving your typically relentless rain for the personalized autograph of a goodbye drizzle -- a little reassurance found with just a closer look.
Bumbershoot, a portmanteau for an umbrella, started as a jazz festival with the hook that the mayor would watch over your children.
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.