Winter is usually the quietest time in the music industry as everyone prepares for the onslaught of spring festivals and tours, but not this year. There's so much great new music, I'm having trouble keeping track.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds — Push the Sky Away
Stream the fifteenth album from the legendary goth-rocker Nick Cave via the Guardian before it comes out on February 21.
Veronica Falls — Waiting For Something To Happen
Jangly guitar pop from a London-based quartet that traffics in girl-and-guy harmonies about the bittersweet angst of youth: This is one of my favorite albums of 2013 so far. Veronica Falls plays Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday, March 26. 8 p.m., $12, $14.
Listen to singles "Teenage" and "Buried Alive" below:
Kool A.D. — 63 and 19
Bay Area native and former Das Racist member Kool A.D. has two free mixtapes, 63 and 19 — named after the eponymous AC Transit lines — available for free download on Bandcamp (but throw Victor some burrito cash for his next trip to Cali).
Starfucker — Miracle Mile
Portland's Starfucker makes electro-pop in the vein of Passion Pit and MGMT, but with more of a rock bent. Listen to the band's third album, Miracle Mile before it comes out on February 21. So far, it's as good as 2011's Reptilians.
Girls Names — The New Life
One listen to the gloomy, reverb-heavy new album from Belfast's Girls Names and I already want it on vinyl. The New Life is out February 26, but streaming on Slumberland's SoundCloud.
Metal Mother — "Prism"
Oakland's Metal Mother released its first single, "Prism," from sophomore album Ionika, out April 16.
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine — "Werewolves Of Wall Street"
Former Dead Kennedys frontman and founder of local punk label Alternative Tentacles Jello Biafra returns with new album, White People And The Damage Done, out April 2. Listen to the first single "Werewolves Of Wall Street."