MIDWEST BEAT, THE: Incantations: CS

As the name may suggest, this is some hearty, wholesome rock music for the whole family. I’ve been hearing about this band for years but never bothered to check them out. I guess this is kind of a bad time to finally do that, since it turns out that Incantations is their farewell album after some fourteen years and a ton of releases. But this is nice—a bunch of upbeat, romantic Costello- or Kinks-styled love (or anti-love) songs, along with a few that sound more like ’90s alt-country. My favorite is “North Country Trail,” which sounds like a polished up old Bloodshot Records single. –Indiana Laub (No Coast, nocoastrecordings.bandcamp.com)