K.Flay, “Blood in the Cut”
Crush Me EP (Interscope)
Recommended If You Like: Santigold, MIA, any kind of alt-rap
Here’s a Stanford University grad (psychology and sociology) who has decided to stay out of Silicon Valley (for now, anyway) to pursue a music career. K (Kristine to her mom) is hard to pin down when it comes to sound and genre, but I can tell you she’s toured with both Snoop and the Warped Tour. Does that help?
Warpaint, “New Song”
Heads Up (Rough Trade)
RIYL: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins, Joni Mitchell
This all-woman LA band had to go to England to find their record deal, but it’s working out well so far. And given their influences (see above), Rough Trade is a good home for them. Great NME quote: “They play expansive, lushly-harmonic psych-rock songs with enough time-changes to satisfy even the most beardy prog-rock bong-tokers”
Single (Wax Records)
RIYL: Young Galaxy, The Dears, a slightly more epic Twenty One Pilots
You may remember when Wildlife’s amazing single “Lightning Tent.” Now they’re back with a new single called “2017”. A full-length album is due out in October.
Judah and the Lion, “Take It All Back”
Folk Hop ‘N Roll (Cletus the Van Records)
RIYL: Any banjo band since Mumford & Sons
Nashville-based four-piece (and yeah, there is a Judah in the lineup) who are into an alt-Americana/bluegrass/folk thing. Be warned: banjos, beards and large forms of headwear are ahead.
Saint Motel, “Move”
RIYL: Late 70s AM radio disco pop
Clappy, dancey song from an LA band that may conjure up images of KC and the Sunshine Band (listen to that intro and chorus, fer gawd’s sake!) If this were 1979—and if it had a bigger 4/4 beat—this is what you’d dance to at Studio 54. How you feel about that will depend on your relationship to disc.