This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here every month on revuewm.com and stream it on wyce.org. From Grand Rapids, to the world! This month: new music from The Lumineers, Radiohead, Aesop Rock and more.
The Lumineers — “Ophelia”
Ho Hey! This great new folk album from the Lumineers is just as catchy as previous records but more serious.
This Heat — “A New Kind of Water”
The latest rediscovery from the always-digging Light in the Attic Records takes us back to 1981’s London and the glorious beginning of post-rock and experimental music. The joyous droning is almost therapeutic.
Sturgill Simpson — “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)”
More “funtry” than country, Sturgill effortlessly replaces Willie as the trippiest musician in the genre. This here is a nice little country psych-funk-jam session from his bold new concept album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.
Waxahatchee — “La Loose”
Songwriter Katie Crutchfield & Co. are back June 20 at the Pyramid Scheme with sharp, well-crafted ’90s pop nostalgia. Here’s an informal jangly tune nestled among more glorious and complicated numbers on her latest release Ivy Tripp.
Aesop Rock — “Dorks”
Aesop Rock is back June 4 for another probably-will-sell-out Pyramid Scheme show. No matter how popular he gets, dude will always be underground. “Dorks” is just a starting point for his humorous catchy and informal style reminiscent of Kool Keith, Redman or Del the Funky Homosapien.
Theo Croker — “In Orbit”
Theo is new-school, experimental and virtuosic while side-eyeing jazz tradition. This grandson of Doc Cheatham keeps jazz artistic, mathematical and sociable — a true modern renaissance musician.
Kevin Morby — “Dorothy”
Morby’s songs contain the perfect build: He takes a moment to explore an emotion or a moment then turns it into a celebration. Come for the lyrics and heart, stay for the performance when WYCE presents Kevin Morby June 16 at the Pyramid Scheme.
Chris Cohen — “Torrey Pine”
Deerhoof’s guitar player goes rogue with this foray into pop-electrica with equal parts Stereolab and Ariel Pink-style vibes.
Black Pistol Fire — “Bad Blood”
This TexaCanadian group plays June 15 at the Intersection — a show not to be missed. In the garage-punk-blues tradition of the Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, these guys are a surefire hit waiting to happen.
Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop — “Every Songbird Says”
On Love Letter for Fire, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine fame comes together with another of WYCE’s favorites, Jesca Hoop, in an authentic collaboration of two truly eclectic songwriters.
Radiohead — “Burn the Witch”
Barns Courtney — “Fire”
Michael Franti & Spearhead — “Crazy for You”
Rich Robinson — “Music That Will Lift Me”
The Avett Brothers — “Ain’t No Man”
The Staves — “Outlaw”
Highasakite — “Golden Ticket”
Quantic ft. Alice Russell and U-Roy — “A Life Worth Living