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.
A song of youthful fears and longing, with echoes of noise pop and Liz Phair, "No Below" by North Hampton, Mass. band Speedy Ortiz slowly unwinds a story in sound and words -- until it explodes through the morbid angst.
You Me & Us are indigenous to California, the land of eternal essay writing 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.