Queens of the Stone Age
Sounds like: Their seventh is a complex and heady mix of thrash, scuz, sad-sack songwritery blues, classic rock and metal lite; Josh Homme’s genius shines.
Free association: They’ll never make a terrible record as long as Homme’s around.
For fans of: Faith No More x Blur, Sabbath/Alice/Zep + Foo Fighters, modern hardness.
(Mom + Pop Music)
Sounds like: The unholy marriage between dance music and rock grooves has never sounded better on this Aussie duo’s debut, mixing psychedelics with disco.
Free association: What’s going on?! Tis the season for outstanding electronica.
For fans of: The Stone Roses/Foals x Caribou/Toro y Moi, guitars and beats.
Sounds like: Two brothers from Surrey, England debut a delicious treat of disco and dance music done just right for your summer dance party needs.
Free association: Classixx, and now this? Making Time bookers, take heed and buy.
For fans of: SBTRKT/Hot Chip, Jessie Ware and Jamie Woon, Brit electro brilliance.
Trouble Will Find Me
Sounds like: The Cincinnati, Ohio-born pair of brothers and brilliant baritone Matt Berninger’s sixth is a subtle, sedated and hushed moment of sophisticated indie wit.
Free association: Quieter and simpler than they’ve been. Sometimes less is more.
For fans of: Sloan/Wilco x Megafaun + the Smiths, Arcade Fire, American thoughtfulness.
Sounds like: Their sophomore as a duo, these two are all over the place, collabing with Kendrick Lamar and Baz Luhrman and pumping out avant R&B and folk funk.
Free association: Anything these two touch is automatically sexy and enjoyable.
For fans of: Boom Clap Bachelors/Rhye, Chaka Khan + Inc., slow, soulful bedroom pop.
Sounds like: The second from Florida’s version of Real Estate is another excellent bunch of surf-inspired lo-fi rock that’s sunny, bouncy and irresistible.
Free association: May not be quite up to Astro Coast, but this is great guitar rock.
For fans of: The Beach Boys x DIIV/Vampire Weekend, the Shins, loud happiness.