"I don't want to walk down memory lane," howls Joel Williams of the band Champ. "Burnt Alive" is an anti-nostalgic declaration, though the collision of grunge and febrile pop harmonies more than suggests that this San Diego foursome isn't ready to kiss off the rock 'n' roll past just yet.
Led by Reese Beeman and James Adkisson formerly of psych-rock band the 7% Solution, and featuring singer Lisa Lipkin, Austin, Texas' HeadShy packs up its R.E.M. and Primal Scream record collection and heads for dreamier pop terrain on "The Light That Guides the Blind."
Lists are never perfect. The idea is to remind myself what captivated me throughout the year, and to let others know what they might have missed. And then, I try to say a little more to contribute to thinking about the music of 2013. So, here is what I liked the most on the day that I wrote the list.
Opening like a love-lorn waltz and then surging into psychedelic noise, "Good Guy" is a literal swan song for Lakefield (the group is dissolving) and will likely make any fan of Bettie Serveert or Wye Oak wish the Vancouver band could have stuck around a little longer.
When Xenia Rubinos' album "Magic Trix" landed in my lap it felt like the most tangible show of piano and percussive prowess.
I recently took a look at my 10 favorite national albums of last year; here's my look at the best releases out of St. Louis in 2013.
A grand, warm embrace of dream pop, "Proto," the latest from London band Dios Mio, carries the listener away on the strength of the enigmatically named Helena's voice and what sometimes sounds like the strength of 10,000 guitars.
To accompany my forthcoming St. Louis-centric list, here's a look at my favorite 10 albums on the national and regional scene, in no particular order.
Hailing from the West Midlands region of the UK, Young Braves once went by the moniker Arcade Parade. We can all agree the name change was a smart move, as is the new track "Youth," a catchy and candid slice of Brit guitar-pop.