Despite what Florence and The Machine may say, the dog days aren’t over just yet. In fact, they’re just beginning. With the summer heat coming on in full force, it’s the perfect time for a new selection of July Editor Picks. Roll down the windows and turn up this summery mix of indie pop, hard rock, hip hop and country. Or, if you’re hiding inside and blasting the AC, put on some of the more chill, contemplative tracks. Get over to the OurStage Facebook page to snag the mix for free download, or listen to it on 8tracks along with the past Editor Picks playlists.
Weapons of Audio “If You Want Me” – Big crunchy guitars and high falsetto vocals. Imagine Bon Iver fronting Motley Crüe with a hell of a lot more sex appeal.
Sidney York “Dick & Jane” – Is it possible to create a perfect indie pop song without whistling, ukelele and lyrics about bicycling around town? Not likely.
Chuck Elmore “Saying I Love You” – Elmore’s smooth vocals and slide guitar mix together the best parts of country, folk and pop.
David Costa “To Die For” – Building to a killer hook in the chorus (pun intended), this hip hop cut balances melody with angry, lovesick rhymes.
Jesse Thomas “You I Want” – Clear some nice, comfortable space in your head, because the chorus of “You I Want” is going to spend a lot of time in there.
Clarensau “I Would Trade (Grandpa’s Song)” – Tight male-female harmonies and a haunting cello line combine on this solemnly beautiful track.
Boys “Gossip” – A rollicking sonic romp complete with crunching guitars, vocal acrobatics and a spot-on use of snapping percussion.
Joanna Erdos & The Midnight Show “Sexy Secrets” – If Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer had a kid (I’ll leave the “how” out of this) it would undoubtedly be Joanna Erdos.