Incubus, “Nimble Bastard”
Recommended If You Like: Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, some Faith No More
Incubus’ eighth album—see what they did there?—will be available sometime in the late spring (I hear April 21) and followed by an extensive tour featuring opener Jimmy Eat World. Priming the pump is this single. It’s the first new Incubus material since 2011, so fans are feeling a little starved.
Missio, “Middle Fingers”
Single (Slaight Music)
RIYL: Passion Pit, MGMT, Twenty One Pilots
This alt-electronic duo for Austin, Texas, has seen this anthemic song blow up for them on alternative radio stations in the US. Will Canada follow? That’s up to you. Bonus: Check out their cover of the Cranberries’ “Zombie.”
Danko Jones, “My Little RnR”
Wild Cat (eOne)
RIYL: Badass rock’n’roll
One question I’ve never been able to answer is “Why isn’t Danko Jones huge at home?” Doesn’t make sense to me, given the success they’ve had internationally (cf. Sweden) and as a band that’s been asked to open for everyone from Motorhead and Ozzy to the Rolling Stones and GnR. Maybe this is the record that will do it. If it does, it’s about time.
Maggie Rogers, “Alaska”
Now That the Light is Fading EP (Capitol)
RIYL: Lorde, MS MR, Phantogram
You might remember a video from about a year ago where Pharrell Williams tried to critique this song that was submitted to him by a student at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. He couldn’t think of a single bad thing to say. This is that song. Maggie says she wrote it in about 15 minutes, too.
Gay Nineties, “Big Love”
Decadent Days (Love Letter Recordings)
RIYL: Mother Mother, Young Empires, New Pornographers
More music from Vancouver, this time in the form of a four-piece group with a lineup consisting of 50% ex-American Apparel employees. If you like what you hear, check out their debut EP Coming Together (2011) and the follow-up, Liberal Guilt (2015).