LAURA STEVENSON AND THE CANS: Sit Resist: CD

Pleasant, Americana-tinged indie rock with simple songs and big arrangements, like the Arcade Fire or Decemberists. The band photo shows them hiking along a sunny ridge. Overall, this is nice, but a little too mannered. The vocals may be a deal breaker as well, as the woman on the mic sounds like Regina Spektor doing a Geddy Lee impression.

 –CT Terry (dongiovannirecords.com)