As autumn settles itself in comfortably, "Let's Be Still" provides that last bit of summer warmth. Let the Head and the Heart ease the transition.
Since its self-titled release in 2009, Seattle's the Head and the Heart has earned the adoration of fans and critics alike for crafting vulnerable, indie-folk sing-alongs.
It's been three years since Seattle's the Head and the Heart won over both with its self-titled debut. The folk-pop band is back with "Let's Be Still" this fall; lead single "Shake" has a bold, danceable but still deeply heartfelt sound.
With a wash of surf tremolo, a militant march of bass and the angsty howl of Rick Froberg (sounding like a voice-blown Tom Verlaine), the new track "Spun Out" argues that Brooklyn, N.Y. band Obits is very much alive.
Los Angeles experimental rockers No Age return with a thundering, challenging, thrilling new track, "C'mon, Stimmung"; even if you played this song quiet -- and why the heck would you? -- it would still be loud.
As album titles go, "Jackleg Devotional to the Heart" may not be as insincere and jury rigged as you'd initially believe.
Led by songwriter Chris Cheveyo, the Seattle band Rose Windows surveys a range of folk-rock sounds -- dig the tambourine, flute, harp and organ -- on "Wartime Lovers" and traverses a many-creviced sonic landscape with melodic ease.
The current deluge of electronic-pop music can make distilling the fine nectar from the saccharine cliches a challenge. Advice: sip from the pop-craft of "Berlin Lovers" by Still Corners (aka Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray) and you'll know just how satisfying and evocative electro-pop can be.
One of the greatest of the original wave of grunge bands, Mudhoney is still slugging and sludging its way into rock 'n' roll fans' hardcore hearts. Witness "The Only Son of the Widow of Nain," a heavy track from the forthcoming album "Vanishing Point."
Low says the songs on "Invisible Way," its forthcoming album produced by Jeff Tweedy for Sub Pop (and its 10th in some 20 years as a band), features songs about "intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love." "So Blue," one of the first tracks released, is very much the latter, but perhaps it touches on other themes as well, as only the Duluth, Minn. band could sing, play and touch them.