Veteran Austin-based singer and songwriter Craig Marshall hooked up with psychedelic power-pop maestro Robert Harrison for the new track "Something on Your Mind," a twangy rock single that simply sparkles.
Best Coast makes its major-label debut with its third full-length album, the clean and shimmery "California Nights."
Beginning on a downcast, reflective note, "American Drag" by Portland, Oregon band the Domestics quickly shifts into something else entirely: a quirky and ebullient love song filled with twisting guitars and tight harmonies, ready made for a power-pop summer.
What makes for a classic rock lyric? Effortlessly revealing multiple meanings at once. Take the opening of "Out of the Gray" by Austin, Texas band Moonlight Towers: "Like a house on fire / I can't watch you burn / There's no justice served / And no lesson learned." And what makes for a classic rock recording? Just about everything heard in this catchy, melodic, guitar-and-harmony-driven tune.
A surging and slightly menacing indie and psych-damaged, power-pop track, "Come On Back" by Brooklyn, New York band Isadora begs to be played loud enough to blow away the blues.
For the past few years it seemed that things were beginning to slow down for the New Pornographers, as if they were beginning to fade. Their new album, "Brill Bruisers," is their revival. Frontman, A.C. Newman has said that after a dark period nothing is holding him down anymore. "Brill Bruisers" is a celebrates this new outlook.
A breezy if slightly nerdy (in a charming way) burst of power pop, "Anna" by Ransom and the Subset captures the ennui of a heartbroken girl with her records and a boy and a band who probably don't stand a chance of winning her back -- though they're not about to stop trying.
Like school children sending notes back and forth across the classroom, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann were constantly exchanging songs cross-country in preparation for "The Both." Their debut release isn't so much a work of two separately renowned artists, but one in which the Both come together to create something unified, cohesive and extraordinarily catchy.