When it comes to noisy, giddy, poppy punk, Bunnygrunt has been setting the standard in St. Louis since the early '90s. "Still Chooglin' (After All These Beers)," an affectionate sendup of sloppy and speedy two-chord bar rock (if not CCR itself), shows they've still got a lot left in the tank.
With hints of surf-pop, swooning harmonies and misty psychedelia, "I've Got a Reason to Keep Living" by family (as in brothers, sisters and cousins) band Babes gives any fan of well-orchestrated indie pop a reason to keep listening.
Multi-instrumentalist Nick Kinsey (who has worked with artists like AC Newman, Elvis Perkins and the Felice Brothers) throws all of his pop, rock and experimental sensibilities into the whirling fuzz fest of "Wide Awake."
With the new track "Long Way Back Down," Aussie musician Lucas James creates a kind of modern-rock version of rhythm & blues, not far from the likes of the Black Keys, but with a honking, strutting drive all its own.
Like ? and the Mysterians filtered through My Morning Jacket, Telegraph Canyon's "Why Let It Go" is strangely catchy: horn blasts, brooding rhythm track and feedback and all.
Loud and Literary rocker Craig Finn of The Hold Steady has just released his second solo album, "Faith in the Future" on Partisan Records.