Jimmy Eat World, “Sure and Certain”
Integrity Blues (Universal)
Recommended If You Like: Weezer, Blink-182, any number of American pop-punk bands
Arizona’s long-lasting (est. 1993) pop punk band will release their ninth album on October 21. Leading the way is a song “about how limiting your own ideas for perfection can be. That, in constantly gunning with blinders on for achieving your ideal expectation, you are limiting your ability to appreciate all the things surrounding you in the present.” In other words, sometimes “good enough” is good enough.
Joseph, “White Flag”
I’m Alone, No You’re Not (ATO)
RIYL: Florence + the Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Strumbellas
Three sisters—Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner (the group is named after their grandfather and their hometown of Joseph, Oregon)—who love three-part harmonies. The lead single from their album has got that anthemic vibe that will have people screaming the chorus. I like it.
Tokyo Police Club, “My House”
Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, Pt. 2 (Dine Alone)
RIYL: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Strokes
First taste of the second half of the Melon Collie EP project to bookend the summer. Fall Canadian tour coming soon.
Milk & Bone, “Natalie”
Single (Bonsound/Costume Records/Honeymoon)
RIYL: Phantogram, Cocteau Twins, Avalon-era Roxy Music
Female Montreal duo—they’re bilingual—with a dreamy, breathy, electro-pop sound that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from England’s 4AD label in about 1988.
Catfish & The Bottlemen, “7”
The Ride (Capitol)
RIYL: Kasabian, Nothing But Thieves, Early Oasis
Here’s the followup to the Welsh band’s “Soundcheck” single. And yeah, we’re a bit behind in North America (they’re up to single number four in the UK, but we got a late start with these guys). Their show at the Danforth Music Hall on October 14 is already sold out.