Kingsized, is their first full-length record since 2008’s Holler and Stomp, and it’s a typically charming assortment of catchy bubble-gum hooks, stop-and-start riffs, girl-group harmonies and snappy art-punk twists. “These Modern Guns” is a grungy, psychedelic variation from such trademark euphoric bursts as “Pop Phenom” and the aptly titled “Giddyup.” The Fontaines are a similarly poppy local group who are distinguished by Hank Fontaine’s stately guitar playing and sister Charlotte’s dreamily romantic vocals.
Apart from a quick visit in April, Dressy Bessy haven’t played much in L.A. over the past decade. The Denver garage-pop combo feature The Apples in Stereo’s John Hill, who wraps his jangling lead-guitar adornments around singer-guitarist Tammy Ealom’s cheekily cheery melodies. Ealom is a witty vocalist who comes off like a colorfully mod version of The Breeders’ Kim Deal. Dressy Bessy’s new album,