Roadkill Ghost Choir may seem like a strange name for a band, but for them it’s fitting. Their music is raw, like fresh roadkill, while simultaneously being hauntingly lovely. They have similar sensibilities to the indie folk bands that are currently at the peak of popular music today, such as Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers, but they have a sound entirely all their own.
The Flaming Lips have been known to stray away from the norm. The band has been known for their psychedelic tunes, the vivid imagery in their lyrics, and their extravagant live performances , which includes lead singer Wayne Coyne traveling on top of the crowd inside a large plastic bubble.
Icelandic-language rock has never been on the forefront of popularity, but Sigur Rós seems to be the exception. With their ethereal sound and light spectacle live performances, knowing what the lyrics mean is secondary or perhaps not even relevant at all.
Sigur Rós’ seventh full-length, Kveikur, begins with a quiet bang. There is this soft static in the distance, and then there is a huge crescendo into fortississimo using industrial, distorted bass. The first 20 seconds of Kveikur is unnerving and menacing, but it sets the tone well for the album. The opening track “Brennisteinn” is a muddled, abrasive, and at nearly eight minutes long, it’s one of the boldest and mystifying tracks Sigur Rós has ever put on a record.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Fitz and The Tantrums were formed in 2008. Their debut studio album, Pickin' Up the Pieces, released in August 2010, made them one of Rolling Stone’s Band to Watch.
Much like their debut, Fitz and the Tantrums’ second album, More Than Just a Dream, relies on the chemistry between co-vocalists Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs. Fitzpatrick leads the vocals, while Scaggs' charm adds an extra layer of fun.