Kithkin – “Fallen Giants” [mp3]
These colorful characters describe themselves as “a Cascadian youth tribe out to spread the hidden knowledge of the forests.” This is single, but they also have an EP’s worth of their crooning, organic, new wave take on barn-burning bar anthems, Takers & Leavers, available – name your price – on bandcamp.
Paperhaus – “Helicopters” [stream]
from Li Hi Lo EP, out May 28th
Delusional, suburban psych-rock fermented in the northeast corridor; Lo Hi Lo EP is a lackadaisical, lysergic mix that follows up their alt-country, self-titled debut EP (2011). Look for a full length next year…
yOya – “I’ll Be the Fire” [mp3]
from Go North EP, out July 16th on New Professor Music
Childhood pals innovate folk-tronic with sunny melodies and warm synths resulting in high-five, fell-good fun ala Passion Pit.
Shannon and the Clams – multiple tracks [mp3]
from Dreams in the Rat House, out May 21st on Hardly Art
Bright, treble-based doo-wop pop from Oakland trio; fans of Best Coast pay attention.
Shannon and the Clams – “Rip Van Winkle” [mp3]
Shannon and the Clams – “Into a Dream” [mp3]
Brother JT – “Celebrate Your Face” [mp3]
from The Svelteness of Boogietude, out May 14th on Thrill Jockey
Former leader of PA garage pop band Original Sins, born-again freak-nasty Brother JT brings soulful grooves layered in monolithic, harmonious crunch; he’s toured with Bardo Pond, Royal Trux, Bevis Frond, Blonde Redhead, and Smog – any of those lineups would make for an excellent show!
Check out his video for “Brother JT” (presumably his theme song):
Luckily, he also hosts a TV show called TRIPPIN BALLS. Check it out: