Florida: Rachel Goodrich & The Grrrls, “MonstA Mash”
I am a sucker for songs with handclaps. “MonstA Mash” was the first song on my list. It’s a cute little hip-swishing indie rocker that comes with an equally cute 80’s-retro video. The girls in the band battle creeps Scooby-doo-style in the foyer of a wannabe-Victorian that bears a thrilling resemblance to the home of Aaron Spelling’s pretty TV-witch sisters. Charmed, I’m sure.
Tennessee: Those Darlins, “Mystic Mind”
Those Darlins may no longer be together, but we still have these haunting sounds to forever remind us that they could bring the spooky along with the twang.
Texas: Lizzo, “Rapture”
Lizzo was born in Texas, came up in the Atlanta hip-hop scene and now rocks the party in Minneapolis. Halleluiah, we get to claim her as a southern sister! She has confidence and brass on her own, but she and just blows it apart with GRRRL PRTY, an ensemble of fierce female rappers. Here she adds fresh flow to the iconic Debbie Harry hit.
Alabama: DEQN SUE, “Pulchritudinous Frankenstein”
The perfect Halloween song to build your perfect partner to.
Georgia: Cars Can Be Blue, “Monster”
A scary ass song from these veteran Athens rockers. I’m still thinking about that poor kid in the video. “I’ll eat your eyes!”
Tennessee: The Black Belles, “Honky Tonk Horror”
This witchy band of four came to life under the guiding hand of Jack White. “Honky Tonk Horror” is chock full of screams, ghostly whispers, warbling vocals and pounding skins. Barely menacing, it’s like taking a midnight ride with the cool girls who shop at the thrift store even though their parents have money. (One of them took her mom’s key after she fell asleep. It’s fine. She’ll never find out as long as you put gas in it.) The video is a preview, so listen to the entire song on the Spotify playlist.
Tennessee: Thelma and the Sleaze, “Black Cat”
Now these ladies bring a little more . . . we’ll let you decide.
Virginia: Erin McKeown, “(Put the Fun Back In The) Funeral”
Imagine a line between fantasy and reality. McKeown’s song snakes right down the middle; as darkly whimsical as a nightmare of being buried alive and as real as a panic attack.
Florida: Folk Is People: “Bury Me in Virginia”
We just featured Jacksonville-native Stacey Bennett this week, but if you missed it, here’s the grim reaper helping her to her grave on the best adventure you’ll likely see today.
Georgia: The B-52’s, “Devil In My Car”
Do you ever get the feeling that life is just one big costume party for the B-52’s?