Loud Planes Fly Low
Sounds Like: The Raleigh, N.C., dance folk rock outfit’s been a revolving door, but at the core is the love/hate relationship of multi-instrumentalist songwriters Ivan and Kelly.
Free Association: They’re divorced but keep making records—damn, that’s not easy.
For Fans Of: Yo La Tengo + Superchunk, Wye Oak, musical family court, side eyes.
Go With Me
Sounds Like: Wispy debut from Seattle-ites specializing in lazy, echoey swaths of retro (early ’90s meets girl rock of the ’50s/’60s) that’s about as exciting as it sounds.
Free Association: STOP MAKING BEACHY WASHED-OUT BULLSHIT!
For Fans Of: Beat Happening, She & Him, drum machines instead of a drummer.
What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
Sounds Like: Fast indie rock with hints of punk and prog darkness, the London quartet has a lot of buzz behind this sick debut of catchy songs and it’s deserved.
Free Association: “Post Break-Up Sex” is so brilliant and spot on it hurts ... hurts so good.
For Fans Of: Joy Division x Surfer Blood, the Drums, big deals in Britain.
The Middle East
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?