Summer Music Celebration


Here are 10 artists you should be listening to this summer.

It’s not summer without great tunes.

Since we’ve already given you the lowdown on popular EDM duo Flosstradamus, ERB figured we’d take things a step further this issue and give you 10 bands/musicians who should be on your radar.

Consider it our Summer Music Celebration. Here are 10 acts from various genres and locales that you should put on your summer playlists. We’re not plucking bands off the radio and pop charts either. Some of these names you might know, others you might not. But they’re worth a listen, we promise.


The Orwells


Bombastic rockers The Orwells are enjoying a nice helping of success in 2014, and it’s well deserved. After getting a lot of attention on the late-night TV circuit, The Orwells’ buzz grew before the release of their June album, “Disgraceland.” It’s loud, in-your-face and just the right amount of catchy.


Schoolboy Q


Schoolboy Q is a right-hand man to Kendrick Lamar, one of the biggest rap stars around these days. Only Schoolboy Q is like his pitbull. He’s outspoken, full of attitude, a bit more ferocious — and all that is what makes him so good. Q’s debut solo album, “Oxymoron” came out this spring and it’s still in rotation.




Pop imports from Australia and New Zealand have had plenty of success in the U.S. in the past couple years — we’re talking about Gotye and Lorde. Broods is your next hot pop import from the Land Down Under. Their single “Bridges” is one of the best of the year, and it sounds like there’s more where that came from. Their debut EP is out now in the U.S.


Bear Hands


New York’s Bear Hands have taken the music world by storm. In about six months, they’ve gone from a relatively unknown band to one of the top new artists on the radio and on the Internet. They’ve toured extensively, selling out shows all over the country. They’re a straight-up rock ‘n’ roll band with a number of songs from their album “Distraction” liable to get stuck in your head.




Future is an acquired taste, admittedly. The Atlanta-bred rapper simultaneously sounds like he’s from the streets and outer space. Some of his material is hit-and-miss, but when he scores, he really scores. His hit song “Move That Dope” is undeniable and his collaboration with Andre 3000 of OutKast, “Benz Friendz,” is a must-hear for any OutKast fan or fan of Southern hip-hop.


Jack White


Jack White never ceases to amaze. He thrilled us as a member of The White Stripes, Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, but his solo work has been just as good. White released his second solo album, “Lazaretto,” this summer and it’s a mixture of fuzzed-out rock jams with old-school Nashville country-influenced songs.


Little Dragon


If you don’t already know the name Little Dragon, then you definitely shouldn’t waste anymore time. This indie-pop band from Sweden has been making great music for years, but their latest album, “Nabuma Rubberband,” is their best work yet. It’s catchy and soulful with elements of funk and R&B.


Parquet Courts


If you close your eyes, you might think Parquet Courts are a band from the 1980s, when lo-fi ruled and a number of bands were making great garage-meets-punk rock. If you’re feeling nostalgic, then check out Parquet Courts and bang your head to their short, loud songs.




Put this name on your radar: Flume, a 22-year-old from Australia who makes dope beats at the intersection of EDM and hip-hop. His song “Holdin’ Out” is the certified jam and he’s recently been collaborating with soulful singer Chet Faker. They put out an EP called “Lockjaw” featuring the standout track, “Drop the Game.” If you see Flume’s name on something, it’s probably pretty dope.


Run River North

How 2014 is this? Run River North is an L.A. band of Korean-Americans who play folk music. Talk about your cross-cultural experience. If you like bands like Of Monsters & Men and Mumford & Sons, Run River North is a band to seek out.

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