Jon Crary’s Weekly Sound Off: March 24-March 30:

1. Wye Oak – “Glory” (Merge) – This Baltimore indie pop band has an excellent synth-type sound, and it suits them very well! The huge hooks and the dynamite chorus are beautiful. This is such a great song and is my pick of the week!

2. The War on Drugs- “Red Eyes” (Secretly Canadian) – This Philadelphia artist has taken his craft to the next level with this dreamy and rhythmic feel with cool keyboard synths,  and driving guitar.

3. Tycho – “Awake” – Synth pop at it’s most ethereal, danceable  and dreamiest form. This is a blissful journey along a beach or even a great soundtrack for travel. Enjoy.

4. Allie X – “Prime” – What a catchy pop tune! It’s got everything: tasty beats, cheerful vocal tones, a huge chorus and fuzzy synths, all with an urge to move your feet. This is a lot of fun!

5. Mac Demarco – “Brother” (Captured Tracks) – This Canadian artist follows up his brilliant album “2” with a smooth dreamy/ off beat quivery little gem. There are the jangly guitars, great vocal style with a bit of glam mixed in.

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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.