FAILED FLOWERS: Self-titled: LP

Dreamy twee pop. This type of fare is usually a wee bit too saccharine for me, but these kids hit the mark dead on with hooks aplenty, a balanced mix of garage twang, and ethereal moodiness. Think Vaselines with a better rhythm section and a bit more vitamin L in their diet and you’re on the right track. –Jimmy Alvarado (25 Diamonds, 25diamonds.com)