Your New Music Monday picks for June 20 include the new Phantogram, a band who keeps it in the family and fantastic local artists:
Power pop from Little D? Why not? “True Pair” from the Cozy Hawks has summer written all over it – sunny choruses and Big Star-informed licks serving as the clarion call to roll down your windows and crank it up, because sharing is caring, right? End Era is available via Dojo Baby Records.
Fort Worth’s Siberian Traps bring the jingle-jangle aesthetic to life with “Lights Keep Blinking,” which starts off as an exercise in mellow and culminates in a pedal-steel tempered jam that’ll make your head spin, but in the best possible way. Celebrate the new album Stray Dogs with the band’s free show at The Foundry in Dallas on July 30.
It’s hard to go wrong with a band whose name riffs on Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha and pays loving tribute to two late greats – Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett and Love frontman Arthur Lee. Canterbury quintet Syd Arthur is the brainchild of brothers Liam and Joel Magill — and speaking of family ties, violinist and keyboardist Raven Bush just happens to be the nephew of Kate (yes, that Kate.) Syd Arthur will join up with Jake Bugg for his North American fall tour, just in time for the release of their fourth studio album, Apricity. Until then, the delightful title track should tide you over nicely.
2015 was a busy year for the New York-based duo Phantogram – supporting Muse on their stadium tour and Big Grams, their collaboration with Big Boi. It was also a year of sadness and grief, with the suicide of Josh Barthel’s sister. This tragedy definitely leaves its mark on “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” the lead single from the band’s forthcoming third release. Three lands September 16, and Phantogram makes their mighty Dallas return with a stop at the Bomb Factory on November 5.
Channeling the soul-kissed tones of fellow UK songbird Dusty Springfield and uniting those with addictive power-beats, Bishop Briggs may only have two songs to her credit so far – but they were enough to garner 7 million+ Spotify plays and land her several support slots with Coldplay on their upcoming North American tour, including their August 27 show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The London-born, L.A.-based artist’s debut single “River” certainly has us chomping at the bit for more.