Dead Meadow Gets Some Help From Uncle Dave

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1. Dead Meadow, "I'm Gone"
On The Wire, McNulty's kids love Dead Meadow. That might be because of excellent blues numbers, like this one from the upcoming record, or it might have something to do with the fact that David Simon is the uncle of the band's front man. Who knows! [Leather Canary]

2. Dog Years, "Ghetto Cross"
Deerhunter's Bradford Cox gets together with Black Lips' Cole Alexander to create a garage-rock Frankenstein. The pairing makes sense, even if the lyrics don't. [Pitchfork]

3. Popup, "What's the Matter Now?"
These noisy Glaswegians play garage rock that's as combustible as it is melodic. More important, though, they have a cute drummer. [Pop Cop]

4. The Rural Alberta Advantage, "Don't Haunt This Place"
While this Toronto band's name is probably a cruel joke aimed at those who live too far out of Calgary to enjoy its rich nightlife, maybe listening to their sunny, hooky pop will be some consolation. [Emmet Matheson]

5. Catcall, "Chicky Babe"
Sounding like cross between Le Tigre and Peaches, Catherine Kelleher gets annoyed at some dude who's trying to give her a shout. Ironic, given her stage name. [Nicky Stardust]
—Ehren Gresehover