This week, you can pick up the latest from the self-described “best punk band in Toronto,” The Greys. KEXP Music Director Don Yates declares it a “more expansive, dynamic and melodic take on the band’s anthemic posthardcore sound, with consistently strong songs exploring themes of identity, racism, depression and other weighty subjects.”
Reunited UK band Lush return with a new EP; their “first new recording in 20 years finds them in fine form with a 4-song EP of shoegazerish dream-pop.” Veteran British band Wire (a band Lush, in fact, covered back in 1991) keep it going with “a solid 8-song mini-album of expansive post-punk.” Speaking of long-running groups, Guided By Voices are back with their we-lost-count album, Please Be Honest. The LP is a solo affair by founding member Robert Pollard, but he’ll be joined on tour by Bobby Bare Jr., Kevin March, Nick Mitchell, and Mark Shue.
Los Angeles multi-musician, composer, and DJ Carlos Niño shares the fourth installment in his “friends” series (including Madlib, Kamasi Washington, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson). KEXP’s Music Director Assistant Alex Ruder notes the latest, “aptly showcases his signature style of ‘Space Collage Hybrid’ music, a spiritual, orchestral, free-form amalgamation of jazz, New Age, psychedelic, hip-hop, and ambient styles.” And Manchester-based DJ/producer Andy Stott shares his fourth full-length, inspired by Yellow Magic Orchestra, This Mortal Coil, and Dead Can Dance.