Peter Holsapple, Game Day (Omnivore Recordings) –
The dB’s founder ends a long silence with this wistful, heartfelt, but always rocking album highlighted by “Continental Drifters,” which pays homage to Holsapple’s mates in the New Orleans band. Holsapple provides colorful vignettes covering his long history, which makes this album more reverie than forward motion.
The Beths, Future Me Hates Me (Carpark Records) –
This New Zealand band sounds, at first listen, like another entry in the strident woman-led pop-punk sweepstakes. But the consistent vocal delivery and crisp guitar riffs of frontwoman Elizabeth Stokes may allow this impressive band to expand its rabid fan base from Australia and New Zealand to North America.