Smith Westerns – “Varsity” [mp3]
from Soft Will, released June 25th on Mom + Pop Records
Soft Will seems like a commencement for the trio of youngsters that exhibited a precocious command of glam-rock and power-pop fundamentals on their previous album Dye It Blonde. The new songs are more subdued & mature, but still reflect brilliance in song-craft.
Murray A. Lightburn – “Motherfuckers” [mp3]
from Murray A. LIghtburn’s MASS:LIGHT, out now
The Dears frontman releases a melodic, yet experimental solo record that blends soul and electronica. Available on VINYL only.
Bestial Mouths – “Reunion” [mp3]
from Bestial Mouth, out now Clan Destine Records
LA industrial goth-rock with power & perverseness: “our native language, a death rattle“
Pinegrove – “Namesake” [mp3]
from &, out soon?
“Pinegrove is a fourpiece rock hard at work in the promotion of introspective partying! We are a band living out their dreams in a reflective lattice of flavor and strength!! From the glass-lined tanks of old latrobe… we tender this premium aural experience!!!” They like most of the bands I like, their churning power pop is completely infectious, and their singer sounds like AC Newman!
Bass Drum of Death – “Shattered Me” [mp3]
from Bass Drum of Death, out June 25th on Innovative Leisure / Fat Possum Records
Oxford, MS duo full of piss and nicotine.
Flaamingos – “All I Wanna Do is Live” [mp3]
from Flaamingos, out August 27th on Felte
Morose disco punk from the City of Angels.
Kyle Andrews – “Crystal Ball” [mp3]
from Brighter Than the Sun, out July 23rd on Elephant Lady Records (pre-order bandcamp)
Innovative electro-pop from the bastion of Americana & Country – Nashville; if this doesn’t make you smile and shake your ass, you may need surgery.