Another week, another Mercury music section to read while you wish Toby Keith a happy birthday. Tobster, I'll always remember you for that one time you attacked that guy at your show. Or made out with him. Honestly, the video isn't all that clear.
Blue Giant took root in the restlessness of Kevin and Anita Robinson (Viva Voce), but now they have sprouted into a fully functional band with a self-titled record out next week.
Blue Giant - "Lonely Girl"
Nerd alert! The former band geeks of Maps and Atlases dork it up with their technically precise, yet still pop-heavy, debut LP Perch Patchwork.
Maps and Atlases - "Pigeon"
His previous records might not have cut it for you, but Before Today, the latest from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is a phenomenal recording loaded with vivid songs that'll make you weak in the knees.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - "Round and Round" (Sadly, this is not a Ratt cover)
Long ago Ishmael Butler was known as Butterfly, the smooth-flowing emcee from Digable Planets, but that was a lifetime ago. Nowadays you can call him Shabazz Palaces, the moniker he uses for his fantastic new material—a deeply personal and political take on tempered hiphop.
Shabazz Palaces - "Sparkles"
Shhhh! In addition to creating bouncy electro-prog music, Fol Chen enjoy keeping secrets. I guess that would explain why their band photos are just silhouettes. Or maybe they just have really bad skin.
Fol Chen - "The Holograms"
End Hits: Our skin is quite lovely. We oxycute it daily.
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