As its name implies, this rock quartet —led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter Spencer Albee, formerly of Rustic Overtones—is a many-tentacled beast.

As its name implies, this rock quartet —led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter Spencer Albee, formerly of Rustic Overtones—is a many-tentacled beast. It revels in the pop-art craft of the Brian Wilsons and Harry Nilssons while also bowing at the altar of late-'70s-era power pop, à la Joe Jackson, Cheap Trick, etc. At the same time, its sound is as original as it is compelling. On its second indie release in as many years, the band shines on the title track, a monstrous tune that's gathering steam at commercial alternative stations in its New England base and is primed to break nationwide; the lovely, R&B-flavored ballad "Forevermore," which could have been a collaboration between Marvin Gaye and Paul McCartney circa 1971; and opener "Vacation," a refreshingly light-hearted teen-angst anthem. With no shortage of smarts and talent, Rocktopus richly deserves a chance to step into the big leagues. Distributed by Nation Jam. Contact: Todd Heft at heft.management@verizon.net.—PV