Jon Crary’s Weekly Sound Off 8/1-8/11

Strand of Oaks Photo by Joe Del Tufo

1. Strand of Oaks “Shut in” (Dead Oceans) – Philadelphia’s own Strand of Oaks makes the most infectious, retro, yet very current and updated, poignant progressive indie rock, a fuzzy glow which excites. Catch them at The Arden Gild Concert Hall in Arden, Delaware on Thursday, September 18. For tickets:

2. Work Drugs “ Double Life”  – Philadelphia’s own indie summery pop band strikes again with a catchy new infectious pop tune that delights to the highest degree.

3. Saint Pepsi “ Fiona Coyne” (Carpark Records)– This one is up for the best summer song of the year.  Saint Pepsi gets back to its roots as it delivers a dance able and fun, delightful hook filled song. It’s much like what we heard from the 2013 full length: “Hit Vibes” :

4. The New Pornographers “War on the East Coast” (Matador Records) – This is such an ode to 80’s and 90’s pop songs. It’s got a great hook and lyrics. It’s vintage from The New Pornographers.