May Music: Listen Now!

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Small Black/Savages

I've been caught in a swooning loop of listening to my two new favorite bands, Small Black and Savages, for the past few weeks and I felt like it was time to share. Both bands have new albums out in the span of two weeks and everyone should be listening to them. Savages debut, Silence Yourself, graced us with its presence on May 7 and Small Black's third endeavor, Limits of Desire, will be out May 14. They complement one another in a strange way, if only for their proximity in release and my level of excitement about both, so I've just been switching back and forth from one to the other all day long.

Savages are true to their name, a bunch of snarly post-punk girls from London who sing a very non-romantic song about husbands that I've been listening to for months while waiting for their full-length album to come out. Mark my words...they're the next big deal. Bonus detail: this morning I found this weird, awesome video directed by Nathan Corbin, my classmate in the film department at Bard. I'm psyched to see he's making such cool stuff.

Meanwhile Small Black are a bunch of dreamy, synthy boys who manage a delicious combo of sincerity, melancholy and cool. I once saw them opening for another band and didn't pay any attention to them (bad job, past self!). They'll be at Rickshaw Stop on June 11. I'll be missing out on this one so please go in order for me to live vicariously through you.You can stream Small Black's Limits of Desire at Pitchfork to get a little preview.