Roundin’ Up The Raves: Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Beth Bombara, The Smith Street Band

Last minute. So we’re just gonna let ’em loose and see what kicks.

Then it’s time to round ’em up.

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

The best in the game. All other rappers are playing checkers while Kendrick’s playing chess … in the studio … while also doing his laundry, balancing his checkbook, and recording a dope track about the Queen’s Gambit Declined.

(BTW, see that Parental Advisory sticker? Yeah. Just a heads up there.)

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Like a sad Elton John with social commentary, but without the over-sized rhinestone glasses.

Beth Bombara – Map & No Direction

Who wouldn’t want a mad scientist melding of Aimee Mann and Bob Dylan?

The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me

It’s intimidating at first, having an unknown Australian man loudly singing a whole bunch of words at you. But just let it wash over you like waves. Ride the tide.

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