02/25/2011 10:56 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dog Ears Music: Volume 164


San Diego surf-pop creation Wavves is the brainchild of Southern California local Nathan Williams. Bassist Stephen Pope (Jay Reatard expat) and drummer Jacob Cooper (The Mae Shi, Signals) round out the current live pack. Collaborations/shared stages include Best Coast, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Woven Bones. Since their late-aughts inception, Wavves have issued three full-lengths and been nominated for MTV's Woodie Award. Download "Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Your Heart)," from the 2011 EP Summer Is Forever. Play it loud!

Genre: Alternative

Artist: Wavves

Song: Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Your Heart)

Album: Summer Is Forever

The Secret Sisters
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, camellias The Secret Sisters are Laura and Lydia Rogers. The country-lush gems were born to sing. Raised strong on American roots music, the sisters made their bones early on in the church circuit. Shared stages include Ray LaMontagne and Jack White. The duo's debut full-length comes under the guidance of producer David Cobb and executive-producer T Bone Burnett. This trove, already nostalgic, weaves a timeless thread. Discover "Something Stupid," from the 2010 project The Secret Sisters.

Genre: Country

Artist: The Secret Sisters

Song: Something Stupid

Album: The Secret Sisters

Seth Glier
Singer/songwriter Seth Glier is of Massachusetts stock. Just on the southern side of his 20s, this young blood wields an old-soul air. Glier has generated a prolific catalog to date, and his collaborations/shared stages include The Verve Pipe, James Taylor, Edwin McCain, Kevin Killen, Ryan Hommel, Mark Knopfler, and Livingston Taylor. Discover a new generation of great with Seth Glier's "The Next Right Thing," from his 2011 release The Next Right Thing, on MPress Records.

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Artist: Seth Glier

Song: The Next Right Thing

Album: The Next Right Thing

Philip Selway
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter/singer Philip Selway (Radiohead's drum-kit captain) has unleashed a bewitching solo debut. The set, produced by Selway and co-produced by Ian Davenport, is graced by the artistry of Lisa Germano, Patrick Sansone, Don McGlashan, Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing), and Glenn Kotche (Wilco), among others. Collaborations include Neil Finn (Crowded House), 7 Worlds Collide, The Weird Sisters, Jarvis Cocker, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), and Eddie Vedder. Discover "Beyond Reason," from Philip Selway's unmissable 2010 Familial.

Genre: Art Rock

Artist: Philip Selway

Song: Beyond Reason

Album: Familial

Neutral Milk Hotel
Indie-rockers Neutral Milk Hotel was founded in Ruston, California, nearly two decades ago. Captained by singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum, the band's revolving-door lineup has comprised various schoolmates and old friends, including Scott Spillane (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Barnes (drums; Beirut), and multi-instrumentalist Julian Koster. Collective collaborations include Will Cullen Hart (The Olivia Tremor Control), Of Montreal, Bill Doss, and Robert Schneider. Rediscover "The Fool," from Neutral Milk Hotel's 1998 set In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, inspired by the story of Anne Frank.

Genre: Alternative

Artist: Neutral Milk Hotel

Song: The Fool

Album: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Angus and Julia Stone
Sydneyside brother/sister duo Angus and Julia Stone merged their talents in the mid-aughts after time spent performing independently. Turns out it was a good idea: The Stones have racked up three 2010 ARIA awards and a near dozen nominations between their two albums (2007 and 2010). Collaborations/shared stages include Martha Wainwright, The Beautiful Girls, Kieran Kelly, Brett Dennen, and David Gray. Credits include Hung, Lipstick Jungle, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and a David Blaine TV special. Revisit the stirring "Lonely Hands," from Angus and Julia Stone's 2007 project A Book Like This--Julia's voice evokes fresh-cut flowers.

Genre: Alternative

Artist: Angus and Julia Stone

Song: Lonely Hands

Album: A Book Like This