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.
The Districts :: Popular Manipulations
Anthemic songs filled with dramatic dynamics and playing that ranges between thunderous and ethereal.
Downtown Boys :: Cost of Living
Aggressive, guitar-inflected punk, led by females unafraid to yell out lyrics in Spanglish… either precisely your cup of tea or an aggravating experience,
Kelley Stoltz :: Que Aura
At the extreme end of DIY is DEY — do everything yourself. It’s a unique solipsistic sound, and Stoltz is very good at it, blending a variety of rock, psych, and synth influences into his own sound.
Jen Cloher :: Jen Cloher
Tight set of songs from Australian native Cloher, a key figure in the Melbourne DIY scene that yielded Courtney Barnett. Brimming with character and fearlessness, this has the feeling of a brilliant debut to a stellar career.
Baby Jesus :: Took Our Sons Away
Garage rock revivalists from Sweden, guaranteed to make your monkey dance.
Caroline Says :: 50,000,000 Million Elvis Fans
A delicate and introspective set of self-recorded songs from an Alabama native that sound like they unspooled as Caroline Sallee sat by a Greyhound window, watching miles of Western US highways roll by. Because that’s what it is.
Guantanamo Baywatch :: Desert Center
The name is jokey but the songs are seriously warped surf-style instrumentals with occasional vocals and other trickery.