Get Ready, Daft Punk ft. Pharrell – An organic pairing that results in a impossible-not-to-shake-ya-ass groove.
Leather Jacket II, Deerhunter – It’s as if the sound that is emitted when you scratch your nails on a chalkboard was a good thing.
Penitentiary, Houndmouth – This Louisville crew will be big soon. If they aren’t, it’s a crime.
The John Wayne, Little Green Cars – Nothing elaborate, just a good band riding a tasty rock groove.
Make Me Lovely, Laura Mvula – It’s a neo soul-big band era hybrid, using a minimalist, airy arrangement to put Mvula’s terrific voice and quality lyrics ( “I can’t make you love me/You can’t make me lovely”) front and center.
Sweet Water, The Postelles – At times, it reminds of a really good Cars track. But only at times. The Postelles avoid going the derivative route and end up with quite the pop rock gem.
Heaven Knows, The Shouting Matches – I love the verse, just distorted vocals and a beat, then the band kicks in and starts grinding those blues out.
Siamese Cat, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Brickell’s strong, clear voice complements Martin’s sweet banjo picking.
Gimme a Knife, Wavves – Too many of the pop-punk groups forget the punk. Not Wavves.
Black Sheep, Gin Wigmore – Amy Winehouse had the throwback jazz/torch singer sound. Wigmore’s similar, but her niche is the blues.
On the bubble: Even When the Water’s Cold, !!!; I Lie When I Drink, Dale Watson; IFHY, Tylor, the Creator; Flashbacks, Memories and Dreams, The Virgins; Quill, The Last Bison; Subway, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Whoa, Earl Sweatshirt; Your Wife is Calling, Dave Grohl and friends; Youth, Daughter
Worth a listen: Area 52, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Be Your Man, Ivan and Alyosha; The Body in Rainfall, Wild Nothing; Bound 2, Kanye West; Burn, Iggy & The Stooges; Cold, Blood Red Shoes; Keep Your Eyes Peeled, Queens of the Stone Age; Know Til Now, Jim James; The Ladder is Ours, The Joy Formidable; Loubs, Pissed Jeans; Love is Lost, David Bowie; Low Light Buddy of Mine, Iron & Wine; No Way As the Way, dead prez; Recovery, Frank Turner; Rid of Me, Seve Duo; Set It On Fire, Melvins feat. Mark Arm; Skeleton, The Front Bottoms; Sustenance Jar, Sterile Jets; Tamale, Tylor, the Creator; A Tooth for an Eye, The Knife; Turnt Up, Talib Kweli; Wakin on a Pretty Day, Kurt Vile