Roundin’ Up The Raves: Janelle Monae, Shakey Graves, Twin Shadow, Cut Worms

Sunshine on my shoulder. And hopefully on yours too.

After taking a week off to give you a little musical homework with The Who, we’re back with a bevy of beauties to accelerate your heart rate. Had a difficult time narrowing down the finalists, but those who didn’t pass muster today can show off their luster next week.

Time for this quartet to shine. Let’s round ’em up.

Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer

Personal, political, poppy, and powerful. Covering a wide range of musical and vocal styles, Janelle Monae just made the best Prince record in years. More importantly, she just made the best Janelle Monae record ever.

Shakey Graves – Can’t Wake Up

Indie rock painted with occasional psych-pop colors. Bonus points for double-tracking the lead vocals throughout – for no other reason than I dig double-tracked vocals.




“Cops And Robbers”

“Dining Alone”

Twin Shadow – Caer

Contemporary electro-pop that dips back into the 80’s and 90’s with lead vocals that don’t sound a million miles away from Peter Gabriel.

Cut Worms – Hollow Ground

Charming and disarming songs inspired by the acoustic side of early rock ‘n’ roll and the British Invasion.


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