Cayucas – Bigfoot (Secretly Canadian)

Upbeat/catchy indie pop! If you like bands like Vampire Weekend and The Drums (and who doesn’t?) this CD will be right up your alley. Running through the album is a relaxed, laid back vibe perfect for a lazy summer. I particularly recommend the first four tracks. “Cayucos” makes a jolly addition to any surf rock playlist, while “Will the Thrill” and “A Summer Thing” are more for relaxing on the beach. “A Summer Thing” might be my favorite track here: it employs exotic instrumentation and group vocal flourishes akin to Beirut to tell a compelling story about trying to hold on to a summer fling. Overall, Cayucas packs a bunch of sunshine and positivity into just 30 minutes, and I could really see them catching on. Highly recommended for rotation. – Zach Shealy, 3/29/2013

Night Beds – Country Sleep (Dead Oceans)

I love this album. It is so ambient. The only issue I have is that there are too many songs that start with the singer soloing first, however, when one gets into the song, the band creates a very ethereal yet acoustic sound. If you like the country sound, go for “Borrowed Time.” If you like a chill indie pop sound, go for “Lost Springs.” Definitely put in local rotation, if not primary. – Maralei Bunn

Spoken Nerd – Our Team is Going to Win (Self Release)

This album is incredible. Spoken Nerd has made an incredible catchy rap album that has pop undertones, frank lyrics, and a bouncing, dark humor throughout it. Be sure to check out this great Nashville artist! – Sara Zavaleta

David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love this Giant (4AD)

Being a fan of both artists separately, I expected to love this album. While I do like it, it feels like it’s missing some of the magic that these two produce individually. They originally intended their collaboration to last only for a live performance. The venue lacked a sound system, so St. Vincent suggested adding a brass band, the two realized they could compose original music with the band, and the result is Love this Giant. The two appeared on The Colbert Report, where they mentioned that they mostly worked via email, which I don’t get since they both live in Manhattan, but I think that can account for some of the missing magic. As negative as this review may sound, this really is a good album. It’s funky and creative, and it’ll definitely spice up your playlist.