Sounds Like: Zachary Cole Smith’s the brains behind this band as well as Beach Fossils, both surfy and melancholic.
Free Association: Surf-rock bands are a dime a dozen, but this dime’s shiny and new.
For Fans Of: Surfer Blood x the Drums, Smith Westerns + Warpaint, summer drives.
Sounds Like: The Adam Levine show keeps on rollin’ into more poppy and Top 40 territories as the band tries to build on the “Moves Like Jagger” fervor.
Free Association: They feel increasingly more like an X-Factor by-product than a rock band.
For Fans Of: Dave Matthews x Prince, Matchbox 20 + OneRepublic, “Payphone.”
The Tarnished Gold
Sounds Like: These West Coast gents specialize in retro-tinged, warmly produced folk that’s backyard-BBQ music.
Free Association: Doing what Fleet Foxes do with less pretense and indie grandeur.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?