Kenny DeShields doesn’t fit into any single genre of music, and that’s OK with him. He has made his own.
Fall Out Boy formed in the early 2000s during a resurgence of emo pop-rock. Hailing from Chicago, the group originally came up in the punk scene with the pop-rock group only being a side project. Under the direction of Pete Wentz, the group eventually hit the mainstream with the debut album, "Under the Cork Tree."
"Is it a fucking Tuesday night in St. Louis?!" howled Saint Motel point man A/J Jackson before the band busted into "Daydream/Wetdream/Nightdream." A proper answer was weeded out with a quick glance towards the nearest iPhone. Jackson needed no response, but the question was fair.
With an eerie and intimate ambience, the new single "Black Cat White Cat" by Annalibera seduces on the strength of Anna Gebhardt's searing alto and dreamy imagism.
A lot of bands are described as "dream pop" these days. But Brooklyn-based group Bonsai, led by singer and songwriter Simone Stevens, makes that description more than a label on the gloriously atmospheric "I Fashion You're a Dreamer."
Enigmatic Los Angeles-based musician Autumn in June makes electronic music that unites late-night contemplation with even-later-night dance-floor grooves. "Weeks" is chilled-out electro-pop, but not so chilled out as to leave the hooks behind.
Recorded in an old dance hall transformed into a studio in the Crescent City, the track "The Things We Do" by Rahim Quazi is piano and string-filled Sinatra-esque pop for the 21st century.
It's been a great year for rock 'n' roll records released by your friends and neighbors. Here are the ones I really liked.