If you can’t find the beauty in this post-apocalyptic world, you’re not trying hard enough. This week alone, I homed in on these fine Southern folks making badass music. We have ethereal pop born in Alabama, soulful pop out of Nashville, #bummerpop of the South Carolina midlands, pop punk from Houston, and . . . well, there’s a lot of pop. It’s been a hard week.
If you’re just finding us, these playlists serve to highlight the many, many Southern women and non-binary and trans Southerners making this part of the world quantifiably better. Enjoy, please.
Kentucky: Frederick the Younger, “Tell Me”
The Louisville rock quartet just released a couple of singles, and there’s an album on the horizon. I couldn’t stop listening to this song.
Alabama: Allison Crutchfield, “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California”
OMG. Also, this Birmingham lady is not in the South anymore (obviously), but we’ll still claim her.
South Carolina: sandcastles., “Okay, Cupid”
The very harsh reality of love and loneliness is delicately and precisely delivered by Columbia’s own #bummerpop impresario, Kari Lebby.
Georgia: powerkompany, “Do I Have to Dance All Night”
The Athens-based electro-pop duo is led by Marie Davon’s deep and theatrical vocals – all the more vibrant on a dramatic number like this.
Tennessee: The New Respects, “Money”
Super soulful, bluesy pop group out of Nashville. You’ll be hearing much more from these folks.
Florida: Summer Gill, “Shine”
There’s a breathy, deep-toned quality about Stuart-based Gill’s voice that’ll remind you of Fiona Apple (and that’s a good thing), but wait for her to open up.
Virginia: Positive No, “Pedal Through”
Richmond dream-pop band Positive No’s first single from their 2015 debut album. All of the proceeds from their new single on bandcamp go to ihollaback.org – an organization dedicated to stopping harassment in public spaces.
North Carolina: It’s Snakes, “The Ditty”
Off the brand new album from raucous Charlotte rockers, It’s Snakes.
Florida: Period Bomb, “Get Off Me Sweaty Boy”
Must-see/must-hear Miami punk band that revels in the raw, pissed off, and provocative sounds of the punk and riot grrrls of yore, but also they’re making awesome brand new music for right now.
Texas: Giant Kitty, “Old People Sex”
From Houston’s finest and most kitty-related band, this will be the sweetest, hardest song you’ll ever hear about growing old and staying very much in love. Not agist – really sweet.