The 10 Bands You Need to Hear Now

FuzzWhy they’re great: Last year Bay Area garage-rock shredders Ty Segall and Charlie Moothart came together to form this megalith. True to the name, its members save their most bone-crunching proto-Sabbath riffs for the supergroup, the debut of which comes out in October on In the Red. Essential track: “This Time I’ve Got a Reason”

HaimWhy they’re great: With their debut Days Are Gone, these three L.A. sisters, who perform under their surname, have crafted one of the year’s hookiest albums. Their excellent taste doesn’t hurt either, borrowing elements of glam, ‘90s R&B and ‘70s rock (notably Fleetwood Mac) to create a sound that’s undeniably ear-pleasing. Essential track: “The Wire”

Daughn GibsonWhy he's great: Sporting a tailored flannel shirt, crotch-hugging dungarees and a dark, piercing gaze, Daughn Gibson looks the part of a rural hustler just as much that of a musician. On Me Moan, his first record on Sub Pop, Gibson's gravelly voice—which conjures images of the Man in Black—breaks through loping drum-machine beats and eerie synth samples like Depeche Mode for the dude ranch. Essential track: “You Don’t Fade”

LordeWhy she's great: At the age of 16, Lorde (nee Ella Yelich O’Connor) has already climbed the charts in her native New Zealand with her debut The Love Club EP and its anti-consumerist, minimal-pop single, “Royals.” The singer’s adventurous ear and atypical lyrics (more alienation than boy-crushes) mean that her first album, Pure Heroine, might be one of the year’s most highly anticipated debuts. Essential track: “Tennis Court”

Parquet Courts Why they’re great: Like Pavement before them, Parquet Courts are masters of the quotidien, turning a trip to the store or another mundane day at the office into the stuff of post-punk gold. The band’s latest LP, Light Up Gold, is the rare modern album that warrants a straight-through listen. Essential track: “Stoned and Starving”

Hunters Why they’re great: This fiery art-punk band—singer Izzy Almeida and guitarist Derek Watson, joined by a bassist and drummer live—are a bit of a throwback, evoking ‘90s Seattle, early-'00s Lower East Side and other stripped-down guitar-forward eras. With a debut coming out on Mom & Pop, the group is a good reminder that a crunchy lead, urgently delivered guttural burst and an explosive stage show are evergreen. Essential track: “Brat Mouth”

King KruleWhy he's great: Making music that’s by turns jazzy, glitchy and utterly unique, south Londoner Archy Marshall is far ahead of his post-dub-step peers. Gifted with a whisky-soaked baritone, the nineteen-year-old singer can add his debut LP, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, to a growing catalog of worthy songs (dig into his back catalog by searching Zoo Kid on YouTube). Essential track: “Portrait in Black and Blue”

PhosphorescentWhy they’re great: Alabama-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter Matthew Houck, who has performed as Phosphorescent since 2001, successfully marries his two homes on his sixth LP, 2013’s Muchacho. The world-weary album smothers Houck’s broken-hearted melodies with country-tinged instrumentation and a range of Americana touches in a way that would perfectly soundtrack a back-porch BBQ. Essential track: “Terror in the Canyons”

Savages Why they’re great: The London quartet channels the nervous energy and sure-handed groove of groups like Public Image Ltd and Joy Division with a stage show that commands the audience pay attention. Front-woman Jehnny Beth is a singularly focused force of nature; likewise, the talents of the group’s lock-step rhythm section are undeniable. Essential track: “Husbands”

Typhoon Why they’re great: Portland songwriter Kyle Morton joins acts like Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire in pairing an heart-on-sleeve vocal delivery with kitchen-sink instrumentation: His collective can number up to 14 members on stage. It’s nothing less than what’s required for the cathartic songs on 2013’s White Lighter, a stellar collection of group-sing anthems and horn-bolstered arrangements. Essential track: “Young Fathers”

 

 

 

 

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