While y’all are battling the crowds in Austin, I’ll be sitting here in Columbia, listening to these great bands. There’s some pretty serious pop here, some hard rock, punk rock, garage rock, and folk rock, more dance music than ever (like, four songs), and the best bad girl song I’ve ever heard. If you’re new to this mix, it’s my attempt to highlight the many super talented Southern women and trans and non-binary Southerners making music today and yesterday.
Enjoy! And, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t puke on my shoes.
Virginia: Lady Wray, “Bad Girl”
A soulful anthem to righteous independence from Lady Wray’s new album Queen Alone.
Texas: The Chamanas, “Alas De Hierro”
This is not-to-be-missed ethereal indie folk rock out of El Paso and Juarez, Chihuahua. Their name is a play on the cross cultural connections of living on the border.
North Carolina: Angel Olsen, “Who’s Sorry Now”
The latest from The Man in the High Castle’s Resistance Radio, a Connie Francis cover by Asheville-based chanteuse Angel Olsen.
Georgia: Shantih Shantih, “Winter in September”
A 60s garage rock/girl group sound reminiscent of the Shangri-Las but not a bit dated.
North Carolina: Sylvan Esso, “Die Young”
A brand new highly danceable, slightly sad single from the dynamic Durham duo.
Louisiana: Natalita, “You Run My Head”
New Orleans-based singer-songwriter of witchy, synthy experimental dance music. Here’s a preview of her latest song.
Kentucky: Tinashe, “Flame”
The latest dance track from the Lexington-born, but all-L.A. pop singer, If you need more information, there’s apparently a controversial Terry Richardson (ew) photo shoot featuring Tinashe grabbing rapper Travis Scott’s junk.
Florida: Prince Rama, “Bahia”
Sisters Laraka and Nimai Larson met bandmate Michael Collins on a Krishna farm while in high school in Gainesville, Florida, and the now Brooklyn-based trio were later discovered by Animal Collective in a Texas bar. They’ve been described as “avant garde Now Age” and “Krishna pop music.” Either way, it’s eclectic, electro-pop you can dance to.
Tennessee: The Dead Deads, “Lemonade”
Post-garage punk rock out of Nashville with a 90s vibe from folks who call themselves things like Betty Dead, Meta Dead, Hella Dead, Billy Dead, and Daisy Dead.
Texas: Sailor Poon, “On the Rag”
From their latest album Yeast Pigeon, this is self-described “garage rock, poonrawk, punk” at its very, very finest.