New Music Monday Picks For May 23

Your New Music Monday picks for May 23 include sounds out of sunny SoCal, a KXT mainstay and the return of a beloved Oxford four-piece:

Two years have passed since the release of Glass Animals‘ Zaba, and later this summer, it’ll be time once again to reacquaint yourself with Oxford’s psychedelic indie pop foursome. Their sophomore album How To Be A Human Being arrives right around the time they kick off their tour, with dates in the UK, Europe, Australia and a mini-U.S. tour which includes a stop in Oklahoma City on July 18. Lead single “Life Itself” showcases the evolution in their sound – from blissed-out to beats-heavy.

August may seem like a long way off, but it’ll be here before you know it – and so will Home Of The Strange, the third release from the SoCal-based Young The Giant. “Something To Believe In” is the synth-happy, nuanced first track to be released into the wild, and you can catch them in Houston at the Free Press Summer Fest on June 5. They’re also on tap for both weekends at ACL Fest 2016.

Last year’s Jeep Renegade commercial brought X Ambassadors to the attention of the music-loving masses, and together with the one-of-a-kind vocal stylings of US-born, UK-based blues artist Jamie N Commons, “Low Life” embodies the best of both their worlds.

His list of summer tour dates pretty much sold out the minute tickets went on sale – including his KXT show at The Granada on June 6 – and when you dip into his debut Dopamine, it’s easy to see why. The latest single from BØRNS – “American Money” – started life as an acoustic number, but when the beats and hooks were added, it was transformed into a whole ‘nother beautiful creature.

Happy listening!