MP3 At 3PM: Redd Kross

Remember Redd Kross? The band formed more than 30 years ago from the L.A. punk scene, while opening for acts like Black Flag. Now, Red Kross is back after a 15-year hiatus. New single “Researching The Blues,” off Researching The Blues (out August 7 via Merge), is straightforward, guitar-shredding rock ‘n’ roll. Download it below.

“Researching The Blues” (download):

MP3 At 3PM: Micachu & The Shapes

“OK,” off Micachu & The Shapes‘ sophomore effort Never (Rough Trade), is disjointed, a bit noisy and oddly melodic. The song revolves around simplistic but addicting hooks, while Mica Levi calmly sings with a Lou Reed kind of cool (plus her charming British accent). This isn’t the type of track that warrants only one listen; set iTunes for repeat. Download “OK” below.

“OK” (download):

MP3 At 3PM: Balthrop, Alabama

Balthrop, Alabama opens new single “You’ve Gotta Be Gay” with “You’ve gotta be gay to make it today.” If the title didn’t catch you, those lyrics certainly will. The song, off We Have Electricity (End Up), is a quirky, endearing romp with an old-school feel. If nothing else, it’ll put a smile on your face. Download it below.

“You’ve Gotta Be Gay” (download):

MP3 At 3PM: The Eastern Sea

The Eastern Sea is pretty close to cliché indie rock. The Austin septet will undoubtedly elicit comparisons to a series of bands from contemporaries like White Rabbits to forerunners like Death Cab For Cutie. Although the sound is conventional, it doesn’t make it wrong. “A Lie,” off Plague (WhiteLabBlackLab), is accessible, melodic and fun. Nobody ever said handclaps were part of a bunk formula. Download “A Lie” below.

“A Lie” (download):