JEFF the Brotherhood, “Idiot”
Zone (Dine Alone)
Recommended If You Like: Cage the Elephant, Sloan, Black Keys
Two actual brothers, neither one of whom is named “Jeff.” That appellation seems to be a compromise between Jake and Jamin Orrall (Hey, at least it’s a “J” name, right?) Their dad is a country songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall who did well with back in the 80s and 90s. Although they were raised in Nashville, there ain’t much country about them.
COIN, “Talk Too Much”
RIYL: The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, Black Keys
Another non-country Nashville band—and another band which insists on using BLOCK CAPS in their name. Call their synthy stuff “neo-New Wave.” Once you’re done with them, dig into some other influences like Prefab Sprout and the Cocteau Twins.
Phantogram, “Run Run Blood”
RIYL: Portishead, Broken Bells, Lorde
Another two-piece band, this time from Saratoga Springs, New York. This is the second single from their upcoming third album, enigmatically entitled Third. Most of what we’ll hear on the record was recorded in a barn in update New York they call Harmony Lodge.
Bayside, “I’ve Been Dead All Day”
Vacancy (Hopeless Records)
RIYL: My Chemical Romance, Panic! At Disco, any number of post-emo bands.
New York City quartet (Queens, actually) who introduced their album in a cool way: They gave Uber-like rides to their fans throughout the city whilst giving them a chance to hear and comment on the new record. Watch.
Young the Giant, “Jungle Youth”
Home of the Strange (Fueled by Ramen)
RIYL: Cage the Elephant, Some Strokes, Imagine Dragons
Another single—the third, actually—from their upcoming album, which is due on Friday (August 12). Fun fact: Singer Sameer Gadhia has put his medical studies on hold until the band runs its course. That could take a while.