AC Newman – Not Talking [mp3] (from Shut Down the Streets, out September 18th on Matador)
New Pornographers front-man delivers his third solo album – purportedly the lyrical content is more deeply personal than previous efforts. Expect excellent indie pop from one of the best songwriters of his generation.
Brim Liski – Supermassive [mp3] (from The Repetitions EP, out now onLatenight Weeknight Records)
Cinematic electro-gaze from eclectic producers – two American and one Dutch. Heavy synths, complex rhythms, and unearthly vocals; lots of drone & echo.
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again [mp3] (from Shields, out Sept. 18th on Warp)
The second single off Shields is an understated and elegant pop song – typical for Grizzly Bear, but bearing the hallmark of masters at a creative apex. The outro is a feisty freakout!
Kitten Berry Crunch – Black and Blue [mp3] (from Dreams EP, out now)
Chill wave/synth-pop with a catchy beat and nice electronic melodies.
Foxygen – Make It Known [mp3] (from Take the Kids Off Broadway, out now on Jagjaguar)
This band distills the essence of all things that make up great rock ’n’ roll (e.g. the attitude of the Rolling Stones; the pretense of David Bowie; twisted and glib lyrics of Bob Dylan and/or Steve Malkmus; and the anthems of The Who) and render it in an easy-to-swallow pill form; as irresistible as foxy oxygen.
Deep Time – Homebody [mp3] (from Deep Time, out now on Hardly Art Records)
Austin duo (formerly known as Yellow Fever) make smooth, picturesque indie rock with bristling surf guitar sounds; singer Jennifer Moore’s deadpan delivery is reminiscent of Nico.
Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows [mp3] (from End of Daze, out Sept. 25th on Subpop)
Cavernous drums provide the foundation for a song of yearning, devotion, and contrition.
Frank Smith – A Decline [mp3] (from Before You Were Born, out now)
Austin’ Frank Smith are a collection of confident, capable players lead by songwriter Aaron Sinclair. Mostly recorded live at The Bubble Studios in Austin.
Houndmouth – Penitentiary [mp3] (from Houndmouth EP, out now on Rough Trade)
Folksy Americana that makes you want to shoot some bourbon and sing along . This collective from the plains of Indiana and Kentucky cite The Band as a major influence.
Inspired and the Sleep – And As These Days Go By… [mp3] (single)
These California indie rockers never disappoint; this tune is a really nice change for them, incorporating lots of sound effects interspersed with guitar and vocal melodies.
Deerhoof – The Trouble with Candyhands
San Francisco art rockers reinvent their craft with each release.