There’s a very straight line between classic rock and this stuff — riff heavy, loaded with hooks and dynamics, and a sense of epic scale beyond the noise that some dudes with instruments could make.
Chad Van Gaalen :: Light Information
Strange songs, played by one man with a strange voice. Science fiction alienation and lush arrangements make for an unexpected series of sonic twists and turns.
Ted Leo :: The Hanged Man
Solo effort from longtime pop gem Ted Leo, filled with wicked hooks and his distinctive singing voice.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business :: Destroyers Of The Soft Life
Good southern-tinged rock, anthemic and singalong. Nothing ground-breaking, but top-notch songwriting and production.
Whitney Rose :: Rule 62
There is nothing about Whitney Rose’s country music that sets it apart from the archetype of a traditional female country singer, but great vocals and top-notch performances by an all-star cast of studio musicians make this a fun listen.
Baby Jesus :: Took Our Sons Away
Garage rock revivalists from Sweden, guaranteed to make your monkey dance.
Nine Inch Nails :: Add Violence
Trent Reznor delivers more biting digial/analog fusion, with dark synth pads abetted by darker guitar tones.
Waax :: Wild and Weak EP
Whip-smart hooks, electronic frosting, and a sassy female vocalist make for a good combination.