Every week I get way more music than I can review. So whenever I get a minute, I try to go back and get caught up on some recent standouts that slipped through the cracks. Here are three you should put on your to-do list:
I Can Fool Anybody in This Town
Anybody who lifts a quote from Charles Bukowski for the title of their EP gets my attention. And when said EP turns out to be a fast ’n’ furious blast of smartly stylish indie-rock — like this female-fronted L.A. outfit’s six-track salvo — it merits repeated listening. These kids aren’t fooling around.
The Flying Luttenbachers
The legendary New York noisemakers — led as always by drummer and composer Weasel Walter — return with their first album in 12 years. And it’s a fearsome beast full of terrifying twists and turns, braincramping epic tracks and full-on free jazz freakouts. Not for the faint of heart.
Road to Rome
This powerhouse Rhode Island singer got her start on The Voice a few years back. More recently, she got raves at this year’s SXSW. One spin of her album Road to Rome will tell you why — it’s an unabashed throwback to the glory days of R&B and soul, updated with messages of independence and empowerment. Clearly, she’s going places.