Fall may be settling in, but there's still time to enjoy the summer, and "Kidnap Me," the latest from Philadelphia's Cruiser is a choice soundtrack for these final, carefree days in the sun.
As good and catchy and sunny as "Make It Together" may be, it really sounds nothing like the ethereal, psychedelic country for which the Beachwood Sparks are so revered. Dating from the band's earliest days together, the heretofore unknown track is a lovely way to close out the summer.
With a deceptively spare arrangement of piano, bass, horns and drums, "Four Months to Kill" by Finnish singer and songwriter Astrid Swan has a tempting sound to match its story of love gone darkly wrong.
Despite early morning rain, day two of LouFest proved to be a beautiful day to see live music in Forest Park.
"The surf's up, the colors are bright" goes the refrain of "The Thames & the Tide" by the High Wire. The London band isn't just musing on an ocean vision; it's a fitting mantra for the flowing, highly-harmonized pop sound as well.
"Paracosm" shines happily on any listener who accepts its warmth and ecstasy. Washed Out creates a sonic trance state that borders on complete serenity.
"Mila Don't Make a Sound," the first single off Eureka Birds' forthcoming album "Strangers," glides and shines with synth and guitar, but the emotional core is in singer Justin Levy's voice and a story of love fading away like the last strains of a good dream-pop song.
After a few years of reading the headlines of Spin and Rolling Stone, a few things have become absolutely clear: Young rappers will never learn how to stay out of trouble, the Rolling Stones will always have another tour and New York City indie bands will always have something to complain about.
The name may be disarmingly coy, but the sound of Leftover Cuties, featuring sultry singer Shirli McAllen, is hopeful, melancholy, graceful. The new track "Clarity" dances along the line between sentimentality and spirit.