In this edition of the mixtape, you'll find plenty of stuff to make you dance (Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Hot Club of Cowtown), reminisce (Polvo, Urban Verbs) and lay down and do nothing (Pontiak, Ida).
"Volatile" - The Old Haunts (May 11, The Red & the Black)
Former Bikini Kill drummer Tobi Vail pounds the skins for this Pacific Northwest band, whose album "Poisonous Times" is as perfect a collection of ragged, tuneful garage-punk as you'll hear this year. Highly recommended.
"So Haunted" - Cut Copy (May 15, Black Cat)
Just in time for summer, these Aussies bring some breezy, sunny electro-pop that can comfortably sit next to songs by New Order and Depeche Mode on a playlist.
"We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives" - Los Campesinos! (May 16, Black Cat)
This Welsh indie-pop septet is sometimes on the verge of sounding too cute (they even have a lyric about "trying to find that perfect match between pretentious and pop") but they hit on the right formula in this one.
"Taking the Farm" - The War on Drugs (May 18, Black Cat)
Suffice it to say, the Philadelphia band's slightly synthed-up version of Springsteen's "Nebraska" sound is a lot more successful than the band's namesake.
"To the Country" - Laura Veirs (May 20, Jammin' Java)
She may look like your librarian (or at least what you'd like your librarian to look like) and her quirky, low-key brand of folk would score at least an 843.28 on the Dewey Decimal Rating system. No, I have no idea what that means.
"Shell Skull" - Pontiak (May 21, Black Cat)
The Virgina trio recently signed to Thrill Jockey Records (home of Fiery Furnaces, Sea and Cake, etc.), which will release the band's next album of heavy, dark sludge rock.
"Orange Blossom Special" (YouTube video) - Hot Club of Cowtown (May 23, Jammin' Java)
The band's fiddle-focused Western Swing is best appreciated in a live setting, so enjoy this live performance from "Later with Jools Holland."
"Your Song" - Kate Walsh (May 24, Iota)
No, it's not the "Gray's Anatomy" actress, just another young, U.K. singer-songwriter ready to take on the world. There's nothing cheeky or especially soulful about this sensitive ballad; it's simply heart-on-sleeve coffeehouse folk.
"Jar My Blood" - The Urban Verbs (May 24, 9:30 Club)
This overlooked D.C. new wave act from the early '80s was like the local version of Talking Heads, and not just because singer Roddy Frantz's brother played drums for the Heads. Hopefully the band will sound as wonderfully weird 25 years later.
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