From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats to OK Go, here are five songs you need to be listening to right now.
New Beat Fund, “Sikka Takin’ the Hard Way”
Sponge Fingerz (Red Bull Records)
RIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink 182, Sublime
Warped Tour vets/Cali band New Beat Fund (the name comes from a nonsensical story involving a piggy bank thrown at some corporate headquarters building as a goof) have been pushing this album since it came out last June. Patience and hard work may finally pay off this spring.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, “I Need Never Get Old”
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Stax)
RIYL: Eli “Paperboy” Reid, Otis Redding, Vintage Trouble
The third single and lead-off track from Nathaniel’s breakthrough album—he has a four other albums on his resume under various names—is a little less of a stomper than “S.O.B.” (NOT a judgement call) but still brings forth the same shouty, gospel-y, folk-y attitude. If you’re into the current crop of soul-ish revivalists, give this a listen.
How Do You Feel Now? (Hollywood)
RIYL: Bastille, Hot Chip, Big Data (of course)
Remember that collaboration this Rochester, New York, band did with Big Data called “Dangerous”? Yeah, those guys. This is officially the third single from their 2015 debut album, but seems to be a slow burner as they’ve already moved on to a fourth single. They may want to reel that one back in to see how “Destruction” does first.
OK Go, “Inside Out & Upside Down”
Hungry Ghosts (Paracadute)
Yeah, the album is almost two years old, but do you know how much time and effort is involved in putting together a video with a Russian airline that’s willing to take the band on a series of parabolic flights to induce temporary periods of weightlessness? A lot, that’s how much. So back off.
Bob Moses, “Tearing Me Up”
Days Gone By (Domino Records)
RIYL: Thom Yorke‘s solo material, Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac, Chet Faker
So why would two guys from Vancouver (neither of whom is named “Bob” or “Moses”) choose that for a name? Probably because they booked for New York where they ran into stories of Robert Moses, the polarizing city planner (Jane Jacobs’ mortal enemy) who reshaped the future of Manhattan.