“No Stranger” — Small Black
Small Black put on a groovy show at Spot Night last week, with chill, difficult-to-discern lyrics. Everything meshed well, though. No one member of the band was overpowering, which melted their smooth sounds together flawlessly.
“Holding On For Life” — Broken Bells
Floaty, faraway and funky: The makings of a great chill song. “Holding on for Life,” off of Broken Bells’ new album “After the Disco” (released Feb. 4), is like a slow spaceship ride. After listening, the whole genre of “space rock” makes that much more sense.
“The Moon Song” — Karen O, Ezra Koenig
Throw both Karen O (singer of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s) and Ezra Koenig (singer of Vampire Weekend) together to cover “The Moon Song” from the indie film “Her,” and you get something that’s truly warm, fuzzy and inspiring all at once.
“Echosassy” — Gardens & Villa
I’m pretty sure that if you imagine what a song titled “Echosassy” would sound like, Gardens & Villa nailed it. This upbeat song off of their Feb. 4 released album “Dunes” wavers, dances and has sass to share.
“Anyone Else But You” — The Moldy Peaches
It’s Valentine’s Day, and all those gooey love songs are a little tiring. This gem, featured in indie film “Juno,” puts a new twist on the love song with lyrics like: “Scrunched up your face and did a dance, shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants. I don’t see what anyone can see in anyone else but you” …Just lovely (but actually).