The Beaches, “Money”
RIYL: Kickass females
Seriously good Toronto band from, yes, The Beaches, who found a fan in Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal. A full-length album is due later this year, made with the help of Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw from Metric. Emily told the Globe and Mail that she feels “rock’n’roll is in definitely in the hands of 19-year-old girls.” No pressure, then.
Cold War Kids feat. Bishop Briggs, “So Tied Up”
LA Divine (Capitol)
RIYL: Something a little darker
When Bishop Briggs recorded her bits for the latest Cold War Kids album, no one knew that this song would be selected as a single and video—yet here we are. If you like what you hear, remember that there’s an acoustic version of the song on CWK’s EP called Los Feliz Bvld, which came out last month.
Death from Above, “Never Swim Alone”
Outage! Is Now (Last Gang)
Recommended If You Like: Er, outrage?
Yes, the “1979” has been formally dropped from their name just in time for their third album, which is due September 8. Note that the video was shot on a phone in a hotel room somewhere in London and edited by band member Sebastian Grainger. Hey, gotta keep the expenses down, right?
Our Lady Peace, “Drop Me in the Water”
Somethingness EP (Coalition)
RIYL: Duh. It’s OLP.
They’ve got a new drummer (hello, Jason Pierce!) and are working as a total indie band for the first time in their career. The new project will appear as two EPs starting with Somethingness on August 25 and the second EP due in October. Both will appear together on a special-edition vinyl release. Lots of shows coming up, too, including some dates opening for Guns ‘N Roses. Nice coup, dudes.
Jade Bird, “Cathedral”
Something American EP (Glassnote)
RIYL: Laura Marling, some Taylor Swift, Loretta Lynn possessed by Patti Smith
She’s from the UK, but you’re excused if her style and phrasing fooled you into thinking she was American—from Nashville, maybe. Actually, some people consider her to be a next-gen country star, so we’ll have to wait and see where she finds her niche. The video for “Cathedral” was made in the studio where it was recorded—which just happens to be an old church.