Real Estate + Big Troubles + Liquor Store

Critics' pick
A romanticism of the everyday permeates Real Estate’s music. The video for the band’s newest single, “It’s Real,” finds the members of this New Jersey foursome running through fields and watching Super 8 movies with their dog. Even after seeing the world via an international tour, singer-guitarist Martin Courtney prefers to sing about old municipalities and floating on inner tubes. It’s this consistent carefreeness and repose that makes the band’s recently released second full length, Days, so appealing.