The Best Indie/Pop Songs RIGHT NOW

This playlist collects new music that The Dowsers’ Maura Johnston has fallen for in her workaday life as a music writer and her semi-professional life as a DJ for WZBC, Boston College’s independent radio station.

There’s a bit of scruffiness to July’s picks, as befitting a month where cut-offs and sweaty brows are the name of the game. The cross-contintental duo Au.Ra (pictured) places fever-dream guitars up front on “Black Hole”; A Sunny Day In Glasgow vocalist Jen “Showtime” Goma’s “Distract Me From the Work” is blown-out synth-pop that spins off steady snapping and off-kilter harmonies. UV-TV’s “Only Matters When” and B Boys’ “Discipline” balance their breakneck paces with giddy melodicism, while the Chicago trio Dream Version geeks out on the spindly “Fight Fair.” And King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s new album, Murder of the Universe, adds to the summer’s overheated atmosphere with its fantasia about a world obsessed by the desire to consume itself whole.