Moon Taxi aren’t exactly new; the Nashville alt-rockers are releasing their third LP through RCA Records later this month, and prior to their major-label run, they released a pair of jam-rocky independent studio LPs. What’s different now (aside from their sound moving towards streamlined alternative-pop) is they have an actual hit on their hands. The smooth-sailing “Two High” melds serpentine fretwork with sturdy, hook-sealing horns and got all the way up to No. 11 on Alternative Songs last year, in addition to amassing over 70 million Spotify streams to date. Their new LP Let The Record Play is due Jan. 19.
When their glistening pop-rock single “Stuck” caught on late last year, we profiled the Aces with a Chartbreaker feature in Billboard mag last month. Heading into the new year, we’re excited as ever to hear what’s in store from the Utah-bred quartet. “Our full-length album is finished and the music’s coming out starting early early next year,” bassist McKenna Petty told us for that interview. Red Bull Records was smart to discover and sign the childhood friends in late 2016 (they’d been gigging around Provo, Utah up ’til then); more radio success, big time festival stages, and other tastemaker-friendly opportunities could be in their future if the full length hits.
One of the breakout stars of SXSW 2017, Snail Mail signed on with Matador Records last September, giving immensely talented singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan a wide-reaching platform for her 2018 debut album (release date TBA). Jordan possesses a powerful, stop-in-your-tracks sort of voice, the kind that made people remember her from those SXSW shows, but also articulated deep, arresting emotion across 2016’s Habit EP, her only studio release to date. She’s only 18 years old, and actually studied guitar under Mary Timony, who played in beloved indie rock bands like Helium, Wild Flag, and Ex Hex. There’s a lot to root for here, and a lot of reason to expect some esteemed attention around the new album.