As we prepare our American flags and beer for Washington's birthday on Monday, our thoughts are gently turning towards SXSW-- whose BUZZine will reign supreme?? What kind of parties are the big dogs cooking up? What should I put on my breakfast taco? We've got our own event in the works, which we'll have more details on in the coming weeks, but for now, enjoy a bunch of bands we think could be making a splash in the spring.
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1. "Breaking The Yearlings" - Shearwater - Animal Joy
This is not your grandma's Shearwater. The new LP is out now.
2. "This Head I Hold" - Electric Guest - This Head I Hold
Danger Mouse produced this track. You can hear the sizzle. This is one of those dance-even-if-you-don't-want-to kind of tracks.
3. "Heavy Metal" - White Rabbits - Milk Famous
White Rabbits kind of remind me of what Radiohead would be like if they were a more normal, funky-focused rock band. Milk Famous
continues that tradition.
4. "Machine Gun Silhouette" - Jack White - Blunderbuss
This is going to be really good. Jack White's first solo effort, following The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and producing a million other things you love. Be prepared.
5. "Dancing In Houston" - Zooash - Unreleased
The internet mashup that swept the web this week, a crumbelievable combination of Whitney's amazing voice and Robyn's awesome "Dancing" track. It's amazing how well they work together.
6. "The Fear" - Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
This singer/songwriter crept up on us. He's a part of Ben Lovett's (Mumford and Sons) Communion project.
7. "Petition" - Tennis - Young and Old
We've hocked Tennis before. Their album came out this week. Go get it. This is a petition.
8. "Friend Crush" - Friends - Friend Crush
Who are Friends? The Bushwick band has only got a couple of singles out, but each one is scratchy and quaint and wonderful. We can't wait to hear a little more of that vinyl-y goodness.
9. "Off The Wall" - Yuksek - Living On The Edge Of Time
This is one of those "saw-it-a-million-times-in-my-email-and-finally-spotified-it" bands, but wow, glad I did. Their Apples In Stereo-esque glitzy, future-rock is just delightful.
10. "Give Out" - Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Sharon Van Etten has really come into her own with this collection of sparse, emotive tracks produced by Aaron Dessner of The National.