TRANSISTORS: Cuppa Jarra Brossa: CS

Garage rock can go either way for me, though in practice it usually goes the way of the thumbs-down. But Transistors really turn on the charm with this one—maybe it’s the New Zealand accents. This is dancey and cheeky in a way that calls to mind older U.K. bands on the jangly edge of new wave (I’m thinking The Jam and The Undertones) far more than the beer-soaked rock dude aesthetic I tend to associate with the genre now. It’s shouty and raucous without losing the melody, especially the easygoing pop of “On Cashel St.” Catchy, quick, and sensibly fuzzy. –Indiana Laub (Forward Fast,