Nathan Williams has a knack for making a union of the simple, strange and awesome: He broke onto the scene with the noisy fuzz surf Wavves back in 2009 and has been an intoxicated luminary of the indie scene since. Now he's teaming up with his brother Kynan for a slice of summery laptop folk. The act is Sweet Valley, and the song is 'Total Carnage.'
Matthew Paul Miller keeps it real. The emcee, better known by his Hebrew name Matisyahu, gained fame as a bearded "Chassidic reggae superstar.” Those days are over; the Hasidic facial hair is gone. Though clean-shaven and blonde these days, the spiritual search continues with ‘Spark Seeker,’ an electro-reggae record that will keep your head nodding and your mind thinking.
Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker is no stranger to inner journeys. The voyage gets scenic with 'Apocalypse Dreams,' a psychedelic first taste of the band's sophomore record, 'Lonerism.'
Marina Lambrini Diamandis has declared herself an icon -- by invoking American iconography. 'Electra Heart,' her second album as Marina and the Diamonds, is a hit of high fructose sure to earn some tooth decay.
What a long strange trip it’s been for Mission of Burma. It bears repeating that the Boston band broke up two decades ago. It also bears repeating that they broke up because of singer/guitarist Roger Miller's ever-growing tinnitus. Or, more bluntly: The band rocked so hard, and so loud, that they destroyed their own hearing. And then got back together. And have since made four awesome albums, ‘Unsound’ being the latest.