Lobby Boxer, Daytrotter Session – St. Louis trio Lobby Boxer are an idiosyncratic rock band whose reach far exceeds its grasp in ways that can, at times, be charming. The instrumental “Howard,” for instance, is an unabashed homage to mid-period King Crimson that finds bandleader Zach Fendelman working his way through endlessly modulating guitar riffs. The going can get pretty dodgy, though, when the vocals come to the fore on tracks like “Kingshighway Dot Gov,” which sounds like Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield might if he were a pitch-challenged emo kid with a blown stage monitor. They can’t all be gems.
Ladytron, “The Animals” – This music video from Lost in Bosnia director Fernando Nogari features a bunch of teens writhing and riding motorcycles around Brazil in slow motion. The end result falls somewhere between a David Lynch film and a high-end cologne ad, but if that’s what it takes to draw attention to this glossy and gorgeous new synth-pop track by Liverpool’s Ladytron, more power to it.