Pyramid of the Sun
Sounds Like: Another mind-blowing Athens, Ga., band; veteran instrumental rockers steeped in psychedelics who rock extra hard to honor their late drummer, Jerry Fuchs.
Free Association: Proof you don’t need vocals to be a kickass rock band.
For Fans Of: Pink Floyd x Tortoise, Neu!, Headlights, the Rapture.
Sounds Like: Delightfully eerie synth-driven and percussion-heavy three-part lady harmonies on Portland, Ore.’s newest incarnation of Carolyn Berk’s songwriting.
Free Association: Sexy ambiguous punk girls make grimy, pretty beats.
For Fans Of: Gossip x Duran Duran, the Knife, Tegan & Sara, but better.
Sounds Like: The L.A. rapper takes a new turn with a more commercial and less underground vibe, introducing a lot more indie rockness and pop appeal.
Free Association: Some sick moments of funk genius with light-hearted, chill lyricism.
For Fans Of: Big Boi, Blackalicious, Janelle Monae, Pharcyde.
(Gold Dust Media)
Sounds Like: Genre-blending duo from the Bay Area’s futuristic hip-hop is upbeat and socially conscious, but the faith is buried beneath tight production and sick beats.
Free Association: Hip-hop and Christianity can be really boring—this just isn’t.