Change Becomes Us
Sounds like: As their members approach 60, and their debut’s over 35 years old, it’s mind-blowing how hard they still rock and how modern this record sounds.
Free association: Here’s hoping we’re still this current pre-/post-retirement.
For fans of: The Fall/Minutemen/ Television/Joy Division, older dudes thrashing.
Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Sounds like: The hometown hero’s one of the biggest names (rightfully so) in indie rock; his stunning mix of heady lyrics and astounding guitar work is pure magic.
Free association: A honest success story: from forklift driver to Coachella star.
For fans of: The War on Drugs x Woods, Springsteen/Neil Young, Fishtown realness.
Tyler, The Creator
Sounds like: Yup, there sure is a disturbing number of curse words and slurs, but there’s still something compelling about this dark, troubled hip-hop.
Free association: His therapist-talking trope is smart. Shows he’s hella damaged.
For fans of: Odd Future/Frank Ocean/Earl Sweatshirt, Pharrell, darkness.
Ride Your Heart
Sounds like: The charming offspring of Mika Miko is two sisters Clavin, Jessica and Jennifer, who nail bouncy, sunny punk lite that’s best at loud volumes.
Free association: That cover’s totally apopros, perfect for open-window spring.
For fans of: Bikini Kill x Best Coast, Black Flag + Dum Dum Girls, talented girl punks.
The Black Angels
Sounds like: The Austin quartet’s fourth proper LP is a characteristically psychedelic mix of dirges, folk, grooves and reverb inspired by the Velvet Underground.
Free association: A pillar in their genre, this one keeps ‘em at the head of the class.
For fans of: Pink Mountaintops x BRMC + The Raveonettes, lady drummers.