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Dude York :: Falling

It’s an old recipe but it never fails: Mix some high-energy guitar rock, the kind with chuggy riffs, and put a female voice strong enough to withstand the maelstrom on top.

Violent Femmes :: Hotel Last Resort

This is kept stripped-down and acerbic, completely aligned with the band’s original punk-folk ethic.

B Boys :: Dudu

WIth their minimalist riffing, straight ahead drumming, and disaffected vocals, this band sounds so much like Parquet Courts I had to check that it wasn’t a side project

Generationals :: Reader As Detective

Electronic drums, layers and filigrees of keyboards, and falsetto choruses make for some glossy synthesizer soul music that wouldn’t be out of place on a late Eighties dance floor.

Okey Dokey :: Tell All Your Friend

It’s indie pop, but it’s also heavily inflected with soul, country, R&B, western swing, and a bad attitude.

Kyle Craft :: Showboat Honey

This is salty, and tangy, and spicy, and sweet, like the musical equivalent of a Mexican tamarind candy. It sounds so Sixties and Seventies that it must be from Today.

Gauche :: A People’s History of Gauche

Spiky little numbers filled with quicksilver guitar lines, the occasional horn section, punky drums and bass, and sing-song female vocals that sound like someone making fun of their bullies.

METZ :: Automat

This is heavy pounding music that is pounding and heavy, also distorted, and pounding and heavy. Somewhat repetitive, but some of us like it like that, and pounding, and heavy.