Busy day: here are some MP3s to get you through it.
1. “Tom Hanks” – Their Planes Will Block Out the Sun. With new members comes a new sound: Their Planes replaced their lead singer with a guy/girl duo, and it gives the sound a warmth that was never before a priority. It’s still got some icy, spiky edges to the indie rock, but those edges are significantly ground down. Very appealing track from Their Planes.
2. “Only Your Love” – Bondage and Discipline. Mid-80s pop that gives equal time to sequencers and piano. Summertime is coming! [Editor’s note: This track is no longer available.]
3. “Dograces” – Dub Thompson. Beck? Is that you? Did you eat a garage-rock band? Are you collaborating with the Beastie Boys? What is happening? Are you okay?
4. “New Wave” – Varsity. Female-fronted guitar-pop at its most infectious. Get happy, y’all.
5. “Letters” – Nick Foster. Bright, earnest pop-folk with gospel influences? Yes, please.