Friday, February 13, 2015

Some Music I Liked This Week



Alabama Shakes


The Alabama Shakes are back with a new single from their forthcoming record, Sound & Color, which is out April 21. I could probably get down to the guitar riff alone, as minimal as it is, but then Brittany Howard squeals in and belts out "My life / Your life / Don't cross them lines," in her usual cracked, soulful tone and I'm hooked once again.

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Protomartyr


Detroit's Protomartyr dropped their second album, Under Color of Official Right, last April, but recently it was brought to my attention by my friend John. I dug into it and their first record, No Passion All Technique, enjoying both. The first was the kind of raw post-punk you might expect from a debut record, but they've polished their sound a bit on their second release without compromising what makes them unique.

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Hot Chip


Somewhere between "Over and Over" and "Huarache Lights", I forgot how much I enjoy Hot Chip. I collected a few of their albums, but somehow they don't squeeze their way into my rotation unless they pop up on the iTunes "Genuis" feature. And when that happens I think, "Damn, this is really good, why don't I listen to this more?" Hopefully this lead single from their forthcoming sixth record, Why Make Sense?, is a good enough reminder to take a dance break. I'll keep it on my radar when it drops in May.

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Rupert Angeleyes


Rupert Angeleyes will be the latest Minneapolis band traveling down to Sioux Falls to perform at Total Drag on Sunday, February 22. The's show's only $5, and if you can spare a Sunday evening, I think the show will be rad. Liz played Young Sunset for me on Tuesday and I've streamed it a few times on Spotify during work this week.

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