Dinosaur Feathers' beginnings as an a capella group show on their sophomore release, Whistle Tips. This indie-rock band plays up a jumpy, hooky album that needs to be listened to on a quality set of headphones to get the most out of the subtle harmonics and vocal layering.
Dinosaur Feather’s “Beathca.”
Just What You’d Expect:
After several side projects, including, of course, She & Him, M. Ward returns with a solo effort, A Wasteland Companion, which offers nothing out of the M. Ward norm, but still warrants a listen or two.
After all of the hype surrounding Alabama Shakes in the months leading up to this release, including big airplay and national Internet attention of the lead single “Hold On,” I guess I was expecting something that landed between Sharon Jones and Janis Joplin with a distinctly humid Southern vibe -- it sure didn't, though. Sure, Boys & Girls has a couple of gems, but don’t waste your time here.
The Big Surprise:
On first listen, Imaginary Cities frontwoman Marti Sarbit’s voice totters between barely tolerable and live-without-able. This Canadian pop-rock group’s debut album
Official video for “Temporary Resident.”
Choir of Young Believers’ Rhine Gold, Peelander-Z’s Space Vacation, Trampled By Turtles’ Stars and Satellites and Sucre's (Eisley’s Stacy King and Mutemath’s Darren King) A Minor Bird.