Driven by faith and steel strings, Blitzen Trapper has traded in old times for new joys. Thirteen full years have lead to "VII," a healthy mixture of mountain twang and electronic grooves.
Rogue Wave continues its exploration of the indie-side of power pop with the fulsome, piano-laced "College," a song about lessons learned and lessons abandoned.
For Eels, the world stop making sense a long time ago, but as this track from the Los Angeles band's forthcoming album argues, it still knows how to counter absurdity with a new alphabet of sneaky, noisy, moody grooves.
Craig Finn left Brooklyn to record "Clear Heart Full Eyes" in Austin during a four-month break for the Hold Steady. While he arrived in Texas with songs in hand, the actual recording process -- including meeting up with producer Mike McCarthy and introductions to musicians Josh Block, Jesse Ebaugh, Ricky Ray Jackson and Billy White -- took only three weeks.