Returning to their indie rock roots on their latest album, “1000 Palms,” “Islands” is a tuneful highlight of fuzzed-out pop goodness from Surfer Blood. Marrying a strong, Beatle-esque melody with guitars that alternate between jangling and chugging, this song is a necessary addition to any summer playlist. Surfer Blood will be headlining a show in support of “1000 Palms” at Musica in Akron. The show begins on Monday, May 18 at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.
“Sea Of Love”—Guantanamo Watch
While Portland isn’t necessarily best known for its surf rock, Guantanamo Watch may just be the group to change that. On “Sea Of Love,” guitarist Jason Powell exhibits all kinds of six-string wizardry while crooning over a slinky, rockabilly-influenced melody. Look for this track on the trio’s sophomore album, “Darling … It’s Too Late,” available May 12 on Suicide Squeeze Records.
“California Roll”—Snoop Dogg Feat. Stevie Wonder
Enlisting the production mastery of Pharrell and bright harmonica of Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg sounds knowingly cool on the midtempo tune “California Roll.” Appearing on Snoop’s latest album as the opening cut, this track finds the rapper crafting a slick throwback that recalls the sounds of G-funk and may just convince you to drop it like it’s hot, just one more time. Find more dank disco jams on “Bush” starting May 12.
Among the huge number of bands crafting dreamy-psychedelic-shoegaze pop in 2015, Novella set themselves apart with tunes like “Land Gone.” Equal parts powerful and hypnotic, this song sports a chewy bubble gum pop melody that knits itself into layers of guitars and keyboard. Be sure to check out the rest of this London-based group’s debut, “Land,” available May 12 on Sinderlyn Records.
“Crybaby Demon” is the first single off Crocodiles’ latest LP, “Boys.” Thick and scuzzy sounding, this track has a radio-ready pop sheen that doesn’t sacrifice any of the guitar noise or intense reverb of the duo’s past releases, likely to satisfy old fans while winning the group plenty of new ones. “Boys” can be found wherever records are sold starting on May 12.
Retro Pick of the Week:
“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”—Dum Dum Girls
The trick to a good cover song is twofold: Artists have to respect the integrity of the original while letting their own style blossom. Dum Dum Girls more than strike that balance on their cover of The Smiths’ classic “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.” Offering a gorgeous wall of washed-out reverb, lead Dum Dum Girl Dee Dee Penny’s vocals conjure the intense melancholy and swoon of Morrissey while adding some of her own sweetness. Cover songs don’t get much better than this.
Teddy Eisenberg is a third-year programmer at WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland. He hosts The ’59 Sound, an exploration of rock music, every Thursday morning from 8-10 a.m. and co-hosts the variety talk show Max and Teddy in the Morning at Night (Sometimes) on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. The crackle of vinyl warms him on cold Cleveland nights.