November 2016 Music Picks

Holy White Hounds “Blind”

Holy White Hounds are one of the most interesting rock-leaning alt bands on the scene right now. I’ve really been getting into this band and their heavy bass-laden grooves. It’s hard to pin down their unique sound – is it Classic/Hard Rock, Alternative or Pop Punk? Comparisons have included Wolfmother, Beck, Iggy Pop, QOTSA and The Strokes but in truth, this Des Moines band has a sound all their own that makes them far more accessible to my ears than many of their could-be influences. Check out the album “Sparkle Sparkle” released earlier this year.


Highly Suspect “My Name Is Human”

Am I the only one for whom this title evokes Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn” series? This Grammy nominated Cape Cod rock trio has been compared to bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon and Royal Blood. The enigmatic song is straightforward rock with a rhythmic vocal delivery in parts (slightly reminiscent of 21 Pilots), dark lyrics and an epic chorus. Highly Suspect definitely got my attention with this one. From their new album “The Boy Who Died Wolf” coming Nov. 18th.


The Griswolds “Out Of My Head”

Aussie indie-rockers The Griswolds are back with the very solid track “Out of My Head” – which pretty well describes something that’s fairly impossible to do with this radio-ready anthem. The band hit the alt-rock charts previously with 2014’s “Beware The Dog” and have toured with Passion Pit and Walk The Moon. Their new album “High Times For Low Lives”, released on November 11, is an “ambitious and diverse” offering that effortlessly blends pop, R&B, funk, soul, and electronic. This infectious synth-laden alt-pop/rock break up song is the lead single from the new album. (Advance tip: check out the likely next single “YDLM” – you’ll definitely be hearing more about that one soon!)



Zipper Club “Going The Distance”

Zipper Club is a “supergroup” of sorts –although they resist the moniker–with Mason James from Cerebral Ballzy and singer-songwriter Lissy Trullie on vocals. Throw TV on the Radio’s Japhet and Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha into the mix and voila: Zipper Club. Described as “feral rock with a hit of indie synth-pop” the impressive debut single “Going the Distance” is a dreamy tune with a breezily accessible chorus that lingers in the mind.


The Federal Empire “Bad Habits” + 2

Here’s a Hot Tip: Just saw The Federal Empire open for Lindsey Stirling – VERY impressed!! This Los Angeles alt rock trio, fronted by Chad Wolf, (formerly of the multi-platinum band Carolina Liar), plus McKay Stevens (a Grammy nominated writer) and singer-songwriter Keith Varon, joined forces after being asked to write for acts like The Chainsmokers and David Guetta, but soon realized they needed a project of their own. Their new EP “The American Dream” features songs with a classic Americana feel and anthemic vocals plus a whole lot more. I couldn’t even decide which one of these great tunes to go with first so here’s several. Give ‘em a listen!


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