LISBEE STAINTON: Wrench.Torchbearer for her forthcoming album, Go, due out on October 3. Just Lisbee, her custom-built 8-string acoustic guitar and that natural folk twinge to her voice that’s the jewel in her simple pop tiara.
PORTUGAL. THE MAN: Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now).I’m all so confused. A band with Portugal in its strange name that hails from Alaska and yet produces a song with psychedelic Beatlesesque leanings. Sonic indie, man.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie.More trademark slouching, foot-dragging funk from the prolific Americans who’ve shifted more than 60 million albums in a career spanning – well, seemingly forever. Their first single for over four years.
CHARLIE SIMPSON: Parachutes.He’s a voice 20 years older than his face along with an air of unbreakable confidence. Rousing piano and guitar pop.