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The Districts: Nighttime Girls A band's third album is always telling; it's a time where they are able to stretch out and expand their sound (or step into a new direction). For Pennsylvanian outfit The Districts their leap is exponential as they turn up their guitars, provide booming drums, and steamy vocals on "Nighttime Girls."
The Sea and Cake: Any Day Legendary Chicago band The Sea and Cake have their own distinctive sound that's centered around guitar interplay and a strong rhythm section. "Any Day" is the title track from their forthcoming album and is a promising start.
Meiko: Back In The Game Meiko is a staple in the Los Angeles music scene, and her songs are a natural fit for TV shows and film. When asked about "Back In The Game", Meiko says, “It’s a ‘going-out’ anthem for the broken-hearted. You know, brush your knees off, get back in there, and kick some ass!” Atta Girl!
Buzzy Lee: Coolhand Sasha Spielberg - aka Buzzy Lee - made her film debut in her father's film The Terminal, but music is her real passion. Her debut EP is produced by her talented best friend, Nicolas Jaar, and features a track we're digging called "Coolhand."
Sudan Archives: Paid Self-taught violinist, Sudan Archives, draws inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers. She’s currently on tour, and will make pit stops at SXSW and Coachella. Sudan Archives fuses folk music with electronics on Today’s Top Tune, "Paid."
Nilüfer Yanya: Baby Luv Lauded as a new soul star in the making, we welcome Nilüfer Yanya to KCRW's SXSW night showcase in Austin. The 22-year-old Londoner – with a soaring voice - takes inspiration from legendary songwriters like Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley. "Baby Luv" offers a sinuous guitar line beside a cooing vocal.
Now, Now: Yours Minneapolis duo Now Now released a couple of teasers from their first album in 6 years (dropping later this spring), making it clear that good things come to those who wait. Their time away from music created the fodder needed to write songs that are direct and transparent. Enjoy "Yours."