Spoon, “Hot Thoughts”
Hot Thoughts (Matador/Beggars)
Recommended If You Like: Well, that’s kinda hard to pin down. A mix of Interpol, Yo La Tengo and Phoenix, maybe?
Spoon’s ninth album (due March 17) is the first without a single acoustic guitar. That’s…different, but everyone in the group wants us to know that this isn’t a different band. Their three-night stand will no doubt be one of the highlights of NXNE.
Whitehorse, “Boys Like You”
Single (Six Shooter Records)
RIYL: Big surprises and shattered expectations
When I first heard this song, I was confused. This can’t be that Whitehorse, can it? The husband-wife team from Hamilton? The ones with the song called “Downtown?” Yep, it’s them. And there are plenty of radio people in the US who believe that this song is going to break them in America at the level as we saw with The Strumbellas last year.
Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White, “Suzanne”
Gentlewoman, Ruby Man (Glassnote)
RIYL: Artists who make the songs of others their own
An English woman and an American man (they met at a Lee Hazelwood tribute show in the UK) have teamed up to cover songs by everyone from Frankie Valli (the theme from Grease, which is actually really, really good) to Leonard Cohen (this song.).
Milo Greene, “We Kept the Lights On”
Never Ender EP (Atlantic)
RIYL: Band of Horses, Foster the People, Fleet Foxes
Not a dude but a four-piece “cinematic pop band” from LA. With three lead singers, there’s a lot of texture to be found, not to mention some interesting harmonies.
Nikki’s Wives, “Fantasize”
For E•V•E•RSingle (Columbia)
RIYL: MS MR, Phantogram, Broken Bells
Toronto outfit fronted by Nikki Whitehead (originally from London, Ontario), someone who has been recording music since she was 12 years old. I’ve been following them since their Ghost EP of a few years ago and I’ve got great hopes for them.