This week, you’ll find a lot of rock, some lo-fi bedroom pop, queer pop, rap, indie country, and experimental jazz. As always, this mix is my attempt to showcase the many Southern women and trans and non-binary Southerners making good music today and yesterday. Enjoy!
Georgia: The Txlips Band, “The Lost One”
This Atlanta band describe themselves as follows: “an all girl rock band that came together to represent for chocolate women. The Txlips bring energy and bring you some bad ass music.” Their influences run from Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson to Nirvana and Ella Fitzgerald. Don’t miss these folks in Atlanta for AFROPUNK Fest.
Texas: Macho Peach, “Runaway”
San Antonio-based rock band Macho Peach deliver a dance funk vibe, guided on this track by, what I’m assuming are, the most ethereal voices in the band – if not THE WORLD.
Florida: Insignificant Other, “TV”
A raw and powerful queer pop duo from Gainesville, Insignificant Other plays the Fest 16 in their hometown in October.
North Carolina: Rapsody, “Pay Up”
Young veteran rapper Rapsody just released a new single from her much-anticipated upcoming album, Laila’s Wisdom. The Snow Hill, NC-native is living up to all the hype that came on the heels of her appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s “Complexion” and last year’s Crown EP.
Tennessee: Daniella Mason, “Cover the Earth”
Cover your whole damn self in this brand new bit of infectious power pop from Nashville.
Texas: Lomelda, “Out There”
A new single hot off the presses from Silsbee, Texas-folk rocker Hannah Read, the creative force behind Lomelda.
Virginia: Kenneka Cook, “Brings Me Back (111)”
A wild ride of experimental jazz from Richmond’s unstoppable and inimitable Kenneka Cook.
North Carolina: Blois, “Thirstily”
Sparse and gorgeous indie pop from Raleigh.
Louisiana: Lucinda Williams, “Sidewalks of the City”
Recorded and recently released, this single, 25 years later, has gained some new perspective.
Virginia: Dori Freeman, “If I Could Make You My Own”
Last but not least, my own personal favorite this week is the new teaser single from Dori Freeman. It’s new and familiar and leaves you wanting more. Keep a lookout for her album coming out on October 20th.