LUMP

Off the road for a month so back to posting music that is worthy.

And what better way to begin than with the exquisite Laura Marling.

She has collaborated with the Mercury prize-winning producer Mike Lindsay and together they call themselves LUMP.

“Curse of the Contemporary” is their first offering.

Hatis Noit

I’m off to wander Japan, so today’s artist is avant-garde Hatis Noit.

She hails from Hokkaido but now lives in London.

Her name from Japanese folklore means the stem of a lotus flower, connecting the living world of the flower and the spirit world of the root.

On her new EP, Illogical Dance, she collaborated with electronic duo Matmos.

“Illogical Lullaby”

Yuno

Yuno is a young DIY musician out of Jacksonville, FLA.

We’ll be hearing more about him with the song “No Going Back”, his first release on Sub Pop.

“No Going back”

Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy, this wonderful nom de plume, is Sophie Allison from Nashville.

Her debut album Clean leads with the song “Your Dog”.

“Your Dog”

La Luz

More bands you should know:

La Luz, a female surf-rock quartet from Seattle now based in Los Angeles.

Their 3rd album, Floating Features, comes out in May.

“California Finally”

“Cicada”

Stella Donnelly

Stella Donnelly, a young singer/songwriter from Australia, takes on sexual assault on her debut EP, Thrush Metal.

Powerful!

“Boys Will Be Boys”

“Mechanical Bull”

Shopping

The tongue in cheek irony of the quasi-political band Shopping is self-evident.

The 3rd album, The Official Body, from this British trio, has pure post-punk bite.

“Suddenly Gone”

“The Hype”

Lily Allen

Lily Allen’s 4th album No Shame is expected in June.

During the four years since Sheezus her marriage ended and she suffered an identity crisis, not relating to her musical choices.

Her are two from No Shame.

“Trigger Bang” (feat. Giggs) and the song “Three”, written from the point of view of a three-year old.

Missed her.

“Trigger Bang”

“Three”

Poliça and stargaze

Poliça, the Minnesota quintet, have banded together with stargaze, the Berlin-based orchestra collective, for their 4th album, Music for the Long Emergency.

Exploring love in times of political turmoil, listen here to the gentle beauty of “Agree”.

“Agree”

pronoun

She goes by the name “pronoun“.

Boston native Alyse Vellturo once attended Berklee but now lives in Brooklyn.

“run” is from her stellar EP There’s No One New Around You.

“run”

Twin Shadow

We’ve waited 3 long years for music from the soulful synthpop Twin Shadow.

The album Caer is forthcoming.

Included is the song “Saturdays” with assistance from his friends HAIM.

“Saturdays (featuring HAIM)”

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes, former lead singer of the band Supergrass, gives us his 3rd solo album, World’s Strongest Man, in May.

“Deep Pockets” rocks!

“Deep Pockets”

Belly

We have waited over 20 years for a new Belly music.

The brainchild of the formidable Tanya Donelly, she responsible for 3 seminal Alternative rock bands (Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly) the album Dove is expected on May.

“Shiny One” is a preview.

“Shiny One”

The Damned

The Damned was the first punk rock band in the UK to release a single; and it was the first one that I played in 1977.

The band was also one of my first interviews at my tiny college station. Truly dreadful. Punks to punks.

The Damned has been through various transformations over the years with Dave Vanian, the lead vocalist, the only constant.

Captain Sensible from the original band has rejoined the current lineup.

Evil Spirits due in the spring features the anthemic “Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow”.

Courtney Barnett

One of the most important artists to emerge in recent years is Courtney Barnett.

Tell Me How You Really Feel will be the title of this Australian’s 3rd album due in the spring.

As a precursor we have the song “Nameless, Faceless” with Kim Deal of The Breeders on backing vocals.

“Nameless, Faceless”

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