Just one year after forming, Washington D.C. trio Ex Hex has released "Rips," a debut album full of glam rock, power pop and post-punk gold. Veteran rockers Mary Timony, Laura Harris and Betsy Wright have created songs that fill your mind and make your head move. "Rips" is mixture of clean, but not polished, power pop combined with energetic, rowdy guitar riffs and drums.
Like a polished update of the ever-elusive sound of the Band, Hiss Golden Messenger's "Saturday's Song" rollicks and rolls with sweet mandolin, piano, country-funk guitar and a rhythm meant for skipping all the way from front to back porch, and never spilling a drop of whiskey along the way.
"Five Spanish Songs"
In 2011, Dan Bejar (voice and vision behind Destoyer) announced he was done with rock 'n' roll. In September of this year, he said he was done with the English language. That didn't leave a lot of directions for his music.
With her latest album "Personal Record," Eleanor Friedberger has created just that -- an indie-pop diary compiled of detailed lyrics just relatable enough to let the listener daydream his or her way into Friedberger's shoes.
William Tyler's "Impossible Truth" is a pictograph journey in sound, winding through a guitar mind-trip -- Tyler's sublime ease in movement leads you by the ear.
"Younger Days," the latest track from North Carolina's Mount Moriah (Heather McEntire, Jenks Miller and Casey Toll), sparkles with a hard-to-pin-down, twangy yet very pop sweetness.
The CMJ Music Marathon emerged in New York City over thirty years ago to showcase little-known college rock bands seeking a wider audience from music fans and industry professionals.
Punk rock pros Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney tone down their aggression and angst in their latest project Wild Flag.
Welcome back, Richard Buckner. Fans of enigmatic, incandescent songwriting have missed you.