Brooding and even a little paranoid, "Soldiers (Snowbird Remix)" by Aussie band the Trouble With Templeton meditates on conflict -- less those wars out in the world and more the ones going on inside.
Richard Davies has worked as both a solo artist and with Eric Matthews for the group Cardinal, but the Australian-American musician got his start in the Moles, and he heads back to those strummy, acoustic-pop roots with the fetching "Beauty Queen of Watts."
For the last 10 years or so, seeing Old 97's live has been the sonic equivalent of comfort food for me, my musical bacon-wrapped meatloaf, if you will.
Fleetwood Mac goes indie-pop as the California siblings of the Belle Brigade deliver sunny melodies with a few surprises along the way.
The first lyrics in this session sum up a lot about Old 97s: "We've been doing this longer than you've been alive."
After a long career fronting the Recoys and then the Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser has gone solo, has a new album and a sound that allows him to be closer, more personal and exhibit a freedom that may have been missing from his earlier work.