Band spotlight: ‘Power trash’ trio Needles//Pins

Vancouver trio Needles//Pins formed in 2010 and has largely flown under the radar in the U.S.

But check out the band’s back catalog and you’ll discover powerful and catchy hard-rock, punk-fueled songs. “Power trash” and punk are the tags these guys use on BandCamp to describe their previous albums and singles.

Needles//Pins plans to release the album Goodnight, Tomorrow June 30. Listen to the song All the Same below.

Sheer Mag to release debut album

Philly rockers Sheer Mag straddle a line between ’70s rock and ’80s punk. Translation: This is a mind-blowing, great band.

So, it’s very exciting to learn that these guys release their debut, Need to Feel Your Love, July 14.

I recommend checking out Compilation, the initial three Sheer Mag EPs compiled into one album (and released earlier this year).

Also, give a listen to Just Can’t Get Enough from the new album.

Moon Duo releases the second half of its trippy Occult Architecture

Moon Duo doesn’t usually stray far from the signature psychedelic sound at the core of most of its albums. That’s certainly the case with its most recent album, Occult Architecture Vol. 2 (the follow to Vol. 1 — released earlier this year).

That said, the husband-wife team of Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada do produce consistently good, trippy music.

Johnson, formerly with Wooden Shjips, has been making irresistible psychedelic jams for more than a decade. I was first hooked by the Wooden Shjips single, Shrinking Moon for You, way back in 2006.

I recommend this latest release, Vol. 2, but also check out Vol. 1 to hear the full package.