New Music Monday Picks For October 3

Your KXT New Music Monday picks for October 3 celebrate neo-psychedelia, a fuzztone femme and an artist to watch out of Fort Worth:


There’s nothing more alluring than a down ‘n’ dirty guitar lick, especially the one in the opening strains of “Good As Gone,” the lead single from up-and-coming Fort Worth-based blues artist Matt Tedder. There’s a picture of him on Instagram shaking the hand of the late, great B.B. King, and it’s almost as if the all-time king of the blues is smiling down from the heavens, seeing how Tedder was called out as a guitar prodigy at the age of 10 and referred to as “a young Keith Richards” after his appearance on The Voice back in March. Expect to hear more about this 20-year-old Aledo native in the coming months, and next Saturday, you can help him celebrate the release of his debut EP California Mercy Me at Three Links.

2016 is shaping up to be the year of I Love Lucy – and no, we’re not talking about Miz Ball. Back at SXSW in March, indie artist Lucy Dacus had the labels vying to be the first to sign her, and it was Matador who ended up taking home the prize and releasing her debut album, No Burden, this past Friday. Clocking in at just under three minutes, “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” shines with wry, whip-smart lyricism and a glorious fuzztone glow.

It’s been two long years since the release of their debut Sun Structures, and if you found yourself pining for more of their neo-psychedelic vibes, pine no more. Early 2017 marks the return of Temples, the Midlands four-piece whose Byrds-ian jams snagged them a nod from Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher, and whose brand-spanking new single “Certainty” stays true to their jangly aesthetic while venturing into a synth-friendly sphere.

When Conor Oberst returned to his hometown of Omaha late last fall for some quality decompression time in the aftermath of a health scare and an aborted Desaparecidos tour, he holed up to do what he does best – writing the kind of non-sugar coated songs that penetrate and cut right to the chase. Teaming up again with longtime Bright Eyes and Monsters of Folk collaborator Mike Mogis, Ruminations was recorded in a 48-hour span and lands October 14 via Nonesuch. Our cohorts at NPR Music are offering up Ruminations for a First Listen test spin (or two) before you buy it, and even better, you can see Mr. Oberst play the new tracks live when KXT presents him at the Granada on Friday night.

Thanks for your ear!