surf rock

From Busan, With Love: Say Sue Me’s ‘The Last Thing Left’

From Busan, With Love: Say Sue Me’s ‘The Last Thing Left’

Whether Say Sue Me are surf-rock, shoegaze, or dream-pop, none of these categories seem to matter when listening to the delightful The Last Thing Left.

Phương Tâm’s Vintage Rock and Roll Still Enchants on ‘Magical Nights’

Phương Tâm’s Vintage Rock and Roll Still Enchants on ‘Magical Nights’

Magical Nights is the sonic portrait of a paragon of rock and roll, Phương Tâm sounding like some kind of ideal of a youth music icon.

Scott Helland’s Guitarmy of One ‘The Spy Detective Collective’

Scott Helland’s Guitarmy of One ‘The Spy Detective Collective’

The Spy Detective Collective from Scott Helland’s Guitarmy of One will strike a chord with those schooled in ’60s-era surf-rock and Henry Mancini themes.

Good Bison’s ‘Scattered Storms’ Is Positively Sun-Splashed

Good Bison’s ‘Scattered Storms’ Is Positively Sun-Splashed

With touches of reggae upstrokes and even Tropicalia, Good Bison's debut EP is positively sun-splashed, lending Pablo Alvarez's various crises and neuroses a slight touch of irony, even satire.

Between the Grooves: The Beach Boys – ‘The Beach Boys Today!’

Between the Grooves: The Beach Boys – ‘The Beach Boys Today!’

The Beach Boys Today! is an often overlooked gem in the band's catalog. We dive into each track and discover how they fit into the Beach Boys' musical growth, while also examining the recording process and release history.

In the Tempest’s Eye: An Interview with Surfer Blood

In the Tempest’s Eye: An Interview with Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood's 2010 debut put them on the map, but their critical sizzle soon faded. After a 2017 comeback of sorts, the group's new record finds them expanding their sonic by revisiting their hometown with a surprising degree of reverence.

Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’

Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’

Ten years ago, we began presenting the beloved Counterbalance series that ran through 2016. Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger debate the merits of some of the most critically-acclaimed albums of all time. We are re-running the entire series beginning today with a new entry each Monday. Enjoy.

Dune Rats Strike Back with More Grown-up Sound on ‘Hurry Up and Wait’

Dune Rats Strike Back with More Grown-up Sound on ‘Hurry Up and Wait’

Dune Rats are, without a doubt, a rebel-rousing bunch whose call-outs, curse-outs, and amateurish stunts have earned them mass appeal with an audience just as eager to stick it to the man alongside them.

The Buttertones Are Unafraid of Taking Chances on ‘Midnight in a Moonless Dream’

The Buttertones Are Unafraid of Taking Chances on ‘Midnight in a Moonless Dream’

The Buttertones' latest album, Midnight in a Moonless Dream, is in part a reaffirmation of their combined strengths and also a well-considered step forward.

La Luz Jump From One Blissful Dream to the Next on ‘Floating Features’

La Luz Jump From One Blissful Dream to the Next on ‘Floating Features’

The hot and heavy nature of La Luz's Floating Features is grounded in its ability to comfortably mix rock and folk.

Bombay Rickey Merges Bollywood, Surf Rock, and Opera on “Megalodon” (premiere)

Bombay Rickey Merges Bollywood, Surf Rock, and Opera on “Megalodon” (premiere)

High-energy opera and surf rock swirls tell a story of ancient sharks on Bombay Rickey's dramatic "Megalodon".

Los Straitjackets: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets

Nashville's premiere surf rockabilly instrumental band covers a bunch of Nick Lowe songs and it works so well you wonder why it wasn't done a lot sooner.