The abundance of similarly named bands has our heads spinning. We help you sort them out.
: This five-piece from Providence, R.I., began as a solo project by singer-guitarist John McCauley. Their music — country-rock with a dollop of indie-folk — sounds like the commotion of tailgating tunes you’d hear in a parking lot before a Monsters of Folk concert.
: The Brian Williams–approved (yes, that Brian Williams) “Dirty Dishes” (off 2007’s War Elephant); the 2010 single “20 Miles,” which we presume Williams also digs.
: A quartet from Atlanta started by singer-guitarist Bradford Cox. Both Deerhunter and Cox’s solo project, the Atlas Sound, occasionally sound like the hum of a parking lot before an Animal Collective show. Think ambient rock with a smidge of roots-revival.
: “Revival” and “Memory Boy,” both from 2010’s Halcyon Digest, are stacked high with guitars — but not as high as Cox’s voice, which always hovers like a cloud.
aw_07152011-it-name-game4.jpg Friendly Fires, “Helpless” Pala (XL Recordings, $10)
“That fix won’t
keep the fool from coming
back for more.”