Jon Crary’s Weekly Sound Off 6/12-6/19:

1. Katie Frank and the Pheromones- “Tunnel Vision”  (BITBY Music) – Katie Frank is from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. With her band the Pheromones, they play the tastiest, dreamiest roots rock today. It rocks with huge hooks and melodies and excellent instrumentation. Their beautiful new album  is out: “Counting Your Curses.” This is my big song of the week!

2. First Aid Kit “ Silver Lining” – Those who are on the fence about pop or country need to listen to First Aid Kit. There is a fine interpretation of American country music here. It’s not really country more like a finer pop sensation. Killer song from an equally great album “Stay Gold”.

3. The Antlers “ Hotel” (Anti-records)– Lovely downbeat new single from this post-dream/ psych rock band from Brooklyn. The hooks and voice from Peter Silberman are beautiful. It’s sublime. Perfect song!

4. Hundred Waters “Murmurs” – Where do I start with this? It’s a piano driven, synth-pop dreamy chant pop song with lots of instrumentation going on. The vocals are perfect, and so is the music. It’s an epic triumph a place where pop may be headed now. Really love this song!

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Jon Crary is an avid music fan. Jon's roots are the late 70’s punk and the new wave scene, but his influences are early 70’s glam- Roxy Music and David Bowie. His tastes evolved in the 80’s to include his influences’ copiers – Japan, Duran Duran and New Order. He hosted a radio program where Echo and the Bunnymen and the Smiths were staples. Now, their legacy is well documented. Many people think he has great taste in music, and he actually has a good record collection. He is also a semi-musician having played the bass guitar in a French garage rock band. Now, you will see him enjoying the new music of this and the last decade…thanks to Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights” album for which he will forever be grateful for revitalizing music for the new generation and old.