Jamie xx

Jamie xx, one-third of the band the xx, will be releasing his debut solo album in June.

Last year he gave us the double-sided single “She”/“Sleep Sound”.

Another song to be included on the album In Colour is “Loud Places” featuring the vocals of the xx singer Romy Madley Croft.

Jamie xx

Dan Deacon

We last heard from electronic composer Dan Deacon in 2012 with his album about America.

On his new one, Glass Riffer, he manipulates sound to such an extent that on the song “Feel the Lightning” the female voice is actually Deacon himself.

Dan Deacon

Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt base themselves in Seattle.

4 women who rock as heard on their 2nd album Time To Go Home.

“Trapped” is one of my favorites.

Chastity Belt

JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF the Brotherhood were briefly on Warner Brothers Records with “creative control” but are now back on their family label Infinity Cat Recordings.

Their new album Wasted on the Dream features the song “Black Cherry Pie” on which the brothers cleverly solicited the flute-playing of the great Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

JEFF the Brotherhood

The Prettiots

The Prettiots, a New York female trio, consisting of ukulele, bass and drums, charm us with a most adorable song.

Enjoy “Boys (I Dated in High School)”.

The Prettiots

Warpaint

Warpaint is one of the more elusive bands of the past decade.

This female quartet continues to explore and experiment with the rock sound.

This year they will release a variety of songs.

The first: “Now Way Out Redux”.

Warpaint

Jacco Gardner

Jacco Gardner is a young Dutch multi-instrumentalist.

On his 2nd album Hypnophobia he plays all of the instruments save the drums.

Hear hints of his 60s influences in the single “Find Yourself”.

Jacco Gardner

Gang of Four

Gang of Four, punk brethren from the 70s, have been off and on through the years with various and a sundry players.

Andy Gill is currently the only original member on the new album What Happens Next.

“Broken Talk” features Alison Mosshart of The Kills and Dead Weather on vocals.

Gang of Four

Kaki King

Kaki King is guitarist extraordinaire Katherine Elizabeth King.

If you haven’t heard of her you will now.

This gunslinger has delivered her 8th! album, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body.

“Anthropomorph” leads the way.

Kaki King

Best Coast

One of our fave L.A. duos has a new album forthcoming.

California Nights is the title and the single from Best Coast.

Best Coast

Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow’s new album Eclipse is due shortly.

We loved “Five Seconds” from 2012’s Confess.

“Turn Me Up” is an early release from this soulful singer.

Twin Shadow

MOURN

We featured the band MOURN last year and now their self-titled album is finally getting the attention it deserves beyond the European continent.

Here these Barcelona teenagers sing “Your Brain Is Made of Candy”.

MOURN

Father John Misty

Josh Tillman’s 2nd album under the moniker Father John Misty is enticingly entitled I Love You, Honeybear.

Even more powerful than his debut Fear Fun, listen here to “Bored in the USA” as well as the title track.

Father John Misty

“Bored in the USA”

“I Love You, Honeybear”

Twerps

Twerps write some irresistible rock songs.

The 2nd album form this Melbourne quartet, Range Anxiety, just came out on Merge Records.

Get lost in the beauty of “I Don’t Mind”.

Twerps

Lower Dens

We’ve been waiting for new Lower Dens music for almost 3 years.

This band from Baltimore offers Escape from Evil at the end of March.

“To Die in L.A.” is the wondrous first single.

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