The Donkeys / The California Craisins
With their ringing endorsements from Love Garden and Daytrotter, The Donkeys punch the indie-rock competition. The San Diego group is delightfully mellow with laid-back summer vibes, but fortunately they sound nothing like Jack Johnson. No, it's more like well-crafted pop with elements of classic rock, country, and laid-back psychedelia, at times recalling the Dead. Or "Mana from the Heavens," as they would have us believe.The California Craisens are a new folk/psychedelic/surf combo from Lawrence comprised of former members of Sick Bird.