While Kendrick Lamar remains by far the biggest star in the roster of Bay Area rap troupe Black Hippy, ScHoolboy Q has been next in line for more than a minute, even before his critically beloved 2012 record Habits & Contradictions came in just slightly less critically beloved than good kid, m.A.A.d city. The psychedelic touches of a rad track like 2013 single “Collard Greens” differentiate his style from Kendrick’s, even as he shows up in a cameo.
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St. Vincent St. Vincent
While not quite as ferocious as the screaming Record Store Day single “Krokodil,” Annie Clark’s new song, “Birth in Reverse,” seems to move her even further from the delicate china-doll-from-outer-space image that stuck to her first few albums. On it, she intensifies the acidity of her already acidic lyrics.
Linda Perhacs The Soul of All Natural Things
It’s been 44 years since Los Angeles singer Linda Perhacs released her only album, Parallelograms, a lost psych-folk masterpiece that edged back into currency in the easy access era of file sharing. The biggest surprise of hearing it today is how current it sounds, how easily it predicts idiosyncratic modern Angelenos like Julia Holter or Nite Jewel’s Ramona Gonzalez, disciples who’ve circled back to help her record this long-removed follow-up. Perhacs still has it; her set at this summer’s Mexican Summer anniversary was the best part of a sprawling, star-studded bill.
The Men Tomorrow’s Hits
With their fifth full-length album in five years already in the can, The Men are quickly turning into one of Brooklyn’s most prolific bands. The rate at which they churn out new material is only rivaled by the rate at which they reinvent their genre-trotting aesthetic. Who’s to say what Tomorrow’s Hits will hold? Our only clue is a press release detailing their first-ever trip to a high-end studio after recording a bundle of demos in frontman Mark Perro’s Bushwick apartment for three months. “High-end” has never been an adjective to describe their tried-and-true sound of guitars, though.