To quote Robert Christgau: This is punk rock. With a guitar-and-synth-and-drums attack, and a message summed up concisely in its title, "Decadence," by Memphis, Tennessee band Nots, holds absolutely nothing back.
All kinds of '60s pop illuminate "Home Again," a new track by Dam Gila (aka Adam Gil of Chicago band YAWN): Beach Boyish harmonies, Byrdsian guitars and T. Rexian proto-glam.
Be Forest blankets listeners with hazy dream pop drifted in from the Adriatic coast.
New York City band Hollands (husband-and-wife duo John-Paul and Jannina Norpoth) lets it all rip -- clever lyrics, charming harmonies, a string interlude, a whole lot of groove and even more fuzz -- on the new track "Great White Shark." A song with so many elements shouldn't have so much bite, but somehow its orchestral-rock teeth sink in deep.
The Swedish duo of Ola Frick and Carina Johansson, who've been making music together since the late '90s as Moonbabies, have decisively departed from their shoegazy origins with the beautifully-tailored, incessantly-pulsing pop of their latest single "Chorus."
I recently had the honor of joining the rhythm & blues-rock band Vintage Trouble for a run of 13 shows in September and October. Instead of co-billing with another group, the members preferred to have me, the Soul Selector, open the concerts with a potent, all-vinyl mix of blues and soul while chatting up the audience. A member of the band even personally introduced me at every stop.