With their catchy covers ranging the whole goddamn gamut — from Pharrel’s “Happy” and “Get Lucky” mashup to a fine rendition of “Over The Rainbow” — indie darling Nataly Dawn and her conspirator Jack Conte are a delight on YouTube. We look forward to seeing how the pop duo’s stylings translate to the Sinclair stage.
Norway’s dreamy crooner is touring in support of his latest Please (available TUE 9.23), and based on singles “Bad Law” and “Sentimentalist,” it promises to be an ambitious, heartbreaking album. Fueled by a desire to dance off his recent divorce, Sondre Lerche is proving once again he’s got a way with melody.
Brooklyn DIY-ers Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez are more sonically layered than something coming from your average duo, which is probably because of the badass homemade instruments they’re rocking. Think: an electric guitar made from the body of a baritone ukulele. Yes, so very cool.
From “Little Bit” to “No Rest For The Wicked,” Lykke Li has admittedly taken a turn towards bummer town. But while her newer works may be simpler and certainly sadder, they are also her strongest tunage to date. We won’t miss her passing through the city. We could use a good cry.
Don’t let Charli XCX’s association with Shailene Woodley via The Fault in Our Stars deter you. The 22-year-old electro pop singer/songwriter is leagues ahead of her celebrity comrade talent-wise. Yeah, we may be comparing apples and oranges here, but you get the point.
“I’m not telling you all I’m going through” bleats Cloud Nothings’ frontman Dylan Baldi again and again on track “I’m Not Part of Me.” And while we are curious about the lo-fi rock group’s affectation, we are more than satisfied with the raw, noisy Here and Nowhere Else.
Flying Lotus’ tunes are informed by decades of American music, from his jazz-playing great aunt Alice Coltrane to hip-hop beatmakers coming out of SoCal in the early ‘90s. Adding to his rich cosmic tunes are a handful of noteworthy collaborators — Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu, to name a few — and with his new album, You’re Dead! (available 10.7), we pray for more of the same.
You know that video trend of babies dancing when the bass drops? They were all inspired by RL Grime’s frisky beats. That may not be entirely true, but the trap, hip-hop, and dubstep producer — also known as Clockwork — definitely has us dancing in a way that if caught on tape would go viral. But that’s probably not a good thing.
According to their Facebook page, Rubblebucket is not only a pop art band who won best live act at the Boston Music Awards a few years back, but also the condition of having hard nipples. And the only thing we like more than music that makes our nipples hard is a Brooklyn-based band with a sense of humor.
La Butcherette’s Teri Gender Bender, born Teri Suarez, has earned a reputation for her brute force talent and onstage antics, like dousing herself with pigs’ blood or urinating onstage. While we don’t want to get peed on during the punk noise group’s first bout in Boston, we can’t hate on someone who started playing music at 13 to combat sexism and racial injustice — and hasn’t stopped since.
FKA TWIGS AT BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
FKA Twigs’ whispering, luring vocals are so entrancing you’d think she was a succubus. The artist — formerly known as Tahliah Debrett Barnett — has established herself as a talent to be reckoned with, and her recently released LP1 has us thoroughly seduced.
SKINNY PUPPY AT HOUSE OF BLUES
Legend has it that Skinny Puppy sued the United States after learning that the military used their music to torture prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Another unrelated fun fact: This Canadian group is decidedly one of the pioneers of electro-industrial music, and for that we bow down, stand back up, and fork over some dough to torture ourselves at the HOB.