VIBES: JUNE 2013 heavy rotation

Things you can put on now that are slightly more interesting than clothes.

1. 'Was Dead' from Vermont garage rocker King Tuff  -- full of fitting pop songs for long-haired summer laze-abouts.

2. A self-titled release from  the two talented brothers who comprise the Cactus Blossoms. It is nothing new musically in the sense that they sound like dead-ringers for the Everly brothers. What makes their sound so compelling is the exactitude of their execution. These brothers are masters of their craft, so of course everything on this album is perfect.  Not bad for an act you can manage to see every other Monday at the Turf Club here in the Twin Cities. An instant classic.

3. 'Sunbather' from Deafhaven bombasts with death metal and shoe gaze and somehow manage to get both co-existing harmoniously together on the same record.

4. 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze' avoids the sophomore slump trend and instead rules way hard.

(Sources: King Tuff, James Blake, the Cactus Blossoms, Deafhaven, Perfume Genius, the National, Kurt Vile, Eleanor Friedberger, the Seeds)