@@@ The Chills: Silver Bullets (Fire Records, 2015). Some art school indie that is both mopey and upbeat at the same time. The singer is openly literate and his enunciation is sharp — he definitely brushes and flosses every night. If R.E.M. ate a lot of fish and chips and drank herbal tea they would sound like these guys. Twangy guitars, high IQs, and a tad nerdy.
@@@ Wolf Eyes: Enemy Ladder (Third Man, 2015). A single off Jack White’s label. More psych-y than usual from the Third Man. Lots of reverb on the singer’s voice, some swirling guitar feedback, and lots of heavy toms. I like a hot mess — this is more of a medium hot mess, not lukewarm not busting at the seams.
@@@ Mike Stud: Toast (Electric Feel/300 Ent, 2014). I’m not gay, but c’mon it’s Mike Stud. This is party hop and Mr. Stud lives up to his name. He makes rhymes, he puts the music on and he loves the ladies. Nice beats and bass sounds and you can blow him cuz he’s on fire. Say no more.
@@@ Beach Slang: The Things We Do to Find People Like Us (Polyvinyl, 2015) Some gruff and slightly sloppy power pop/punk of the Beats highlights page. The singer is carrying the gruff load and there’s enough power chord syrup here for a lot of pancakes. Reminiscent of tons of bands, both retro and now but rooted in ’90s pop grunge a la Soul Asylum, Goo Goo Dolls, etc. If you like this style they do it well.
YTD recordings listened to: 879
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 500
Not good music: 301
Honorable Mentions: 21
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