STREAM: Nancy Pants - 'Total Nancy Pants'

Ohara Hale's seeming sixth sense for hooks gives Nancy Pants a shot at being as catchy as a '60s girl group while making the kind of noise more akin to garage and psychedelic rock. Tracks like "Just a Little While" and "Apple" are sweet love songs begging to be harmonized; Ohara and Adam Waito trade off lines in the appropriately-named "PROM". But the local trio pump more than nostalgia into their new full-length Total Nancy Pants. There's lots of head-bopping indie pop here too, but it's kept company by some of the best parts of "rock music" from two generations ago, as the band pretty much sticks to one guitar, one bass and a drum kit. That's all they really need to make this a great record.

Total Nancy Pants is being released November 20 at The Plant with Special Noise and Heathers.

For Legato Vipers it's all guitar, all the time

Need some more surf in your life? Guelph four-piece Legato Vipers work through '60s rock & roll rhythms and a bit of soul, but let the guitar do the talking. The slide can be chaotic on "Angel Dust" or soft on "Sweet 16", and the lead gets more sentimental on "Bernie (Ernie McInerney)". There's a bit of a menacing tone (when you're not getting The Good, the Bad and the Ugly vibes) throughout the record, but things get darkest with album-closer "Chocolate Milkshake". It's probably the most evil chocolate milkshake you'll ever hear.

LV is out now on Psychic Handshake/Missed Connection Records.