New Music Monday Picks For November 7

KXT’s New Music Monday picks for November 7 provide you with a much-needed escape from all the pre-election madness:

It goes without saying that Liverpool has churned out some of the best bands in the history of ever. You’ve got the usual suspects, naturally: the Beatles, Echo & the Bunnymen, OMD, Teardrop Explodes, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The La’s and Lightning Seeds. Add to that ever-growing list the Hooton Tennis Club, whose “Katy-Anne Bellis” is a feel-good, fuzz-driven mash note to a former flatmate, and whose sophomore album Big Box Of Chocolates has that Merseyside aesthetic we’ve all come to know and love.

She stole the show on her SNL debut this weekend, and along with that, she’s stolen our hearts. Make no mistake, though – this isn’t Beyonce’s baby sister’s first time at the rodeo. Solange has been making music since 2003, but it was her 2012 EP True (and subsequent fave “Losing You”) that had us eagerly awaiting her next project. And 2016 is shaping up to be her year, indeed. A Seat At The Table is a thing of beauty that’ll reel you right in. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Foxygen can do no wrong in our book. Never conventional, never boring – and always unpredictable, this free-spirited confederation of L.A. groovers are back with Hang, landing January 20 via Jagjaguwar. Lead single “Follow The Leader” is a lush, joyful affair, with nods to Steely Dan and Sly & The Family Stone, and a vibe channeling the era of 70’s FM mellow gold glory. Don’t miss them at Trees on April 13, and get your happy on with this video:

Newly added to this weekend’s Untapped Dallas lineup is the amazing Lee Fields & The Expressions, whose “Make This World” compels us to get up and shake what our mama gave us. Sometimes you’ve just gotta put on your rose-colored glasses and radiate some positivity – and turn it up. We CAN make the world better, if we come together. Oh yes, we can. Special Night is available now.

Speaking of cranking up the volume, this one happily goes all the way up to 11. Mark your calendar for January 27 for the mighty return of the Japandroids. “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life” is the first track leaked to rejoicing fans, the title track to their first album in nearly five years. They’ve also just announced a 2017 spring tour with no DFW dates on the itinerary at this time. What’s the rock ‘n’ roll equivalent of a rain dance?