Black Salvation is a band that works the psychedelia into the hard rock with skill, and it makes for a very listenable album in Uncertainty Is Bliss.
The Nude Party's songwriting is very good and they vary their '60s touchstones just enough to make their debut album lively and fun.
I'm All Ears, the second album from British duo Let's Eat Grandma, is an entertaining and engaging synthpop record.
Hell-On follows the same basic outline as Neko Case's records since she refined her sound way back on 2002's Blacklisted. But as always, there are wrinkles.
After a half-dozen albums, We Are Scientists are far from running out of hooks, but these days they seem to deploy those hooks better when they are stretching themselves.
Stone Temple Pilots recruit a singer from a TV singing competition, make a back to basics album, and prepare to join the nostalgia circuit.
Kevin Barnes is back to experimenting. But this time around he drapes the weirdness in a layer of danceable grooves.
Chicora is a perfectly serviceable throwback rock record that's easy to listen to; it's fine. But fine doesn't move the needle.