Cloud Nothings have made a lot of beautiful noise for a band that started out being fake.
Saintseneca offers up dreamy pop sounds with an interesting mix of acoustic instrumentation and electronic sounds that is at once soothing and vibrant.
Anchored by front woman Monica Martin's hushed vocals, PHOX employs banjo and multi-layered acoustic guitars to flesh out its intricate arrangements.
Dave Wakeling was instrumental in bringing the driving sound of ska and reggae to post punk in an otherwise bleak era of big hair, shoulder pads, MTV and Colombian No-Doz.
An adjective that frequently appears in descriptions of the Felice Brothers' music is "ramshackle," usually referring to their mix of classic folk and Americana instrumentation and rock and roll stomps.
The playful and rambunctious Bully kicks out sweet and dirty electric garage pop that shows why they have racked up such an international buzz.
The key to playing music is listening to music, being aware of what is out there, taking cues and ideas, and using all those things to build a musical palette.
If Green Day and Captain Kangaroo were to have a love child, it might sound a little like the punky fun of the Boogers making family-friendly rock and roll.
Fleetwood Mac goes indie-pop as the California siblings of the Belle Brigade deliver sunny melodies with a few surprises along the way.
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.