New Music Monday picks – October 5, 2015

Your New Music Monday forecast for October 5 celebrates cooler temps and even cooler tunes:


Tor Miller‘s debut EP Headlights gave us a sweet taste of his future offerings; and now with his brand-new stand-alone single “Carter & Cash,” expect the buzz on this 21-year-old singer/songwriter to steamroll. While “Midnight” was a nod to the Lower East Side of the late 1970s, the early love letters of June Carter and Johnny Cash serve as his muse for this stunner. P.S. — Go ahead and resign yourself to repeat plays.

The unexpected and magical pairing of Outkast’s Big Boi with electro-duo Phantogram has all the hallmarks of what could be one of the of the most heaven-kissed collaborations of 2015 — Big Grams — and “Lights On” is one of the tastiest tracks that’s landed on our radar of late. You can thank both the Universe and Shazam for this one. No, really. You can.

It’s fairly safe to say that any friend of Courtney Barnett is a friend of ours. She signed singer/songwriter Fraser A. Gorman to her own Milk Records label, and much like his mentor, his knack for storytelling and bombastic riffs are up front and center on his debut album — Slow Gum. It might just make you believe in the power of rock ‘n’ roll again.

Fresh from his stint with Mumford & Sons‘ Gentlemen of the Road tour, Jack Garratt goes from folky to funky on this soulful, biting earworm of a missive to the one who broke his heart. His string of sold-out dates back in the UK are a solid indication that we’ll be hearing more about him as he supports MS MR for their tour, starting up tonight in Boston.