Kristine England

Sep 30, 2021

Bad Waitress 

INDISPENSABLE NEW MUSIC PICKS

September 2021

Kristine England

September 30, 2021

Bad Waitress 

No Taste

The Toronto punk group features four girls with gloriously terrible attitudes, and its new album No Taste arrives just in time to herald the end of summer sunshine.

"Manners"

Hot Mustard 

Mother Sauce

This instrumental duo serves up tasty beats and funky grooves, replete with a jazzy horn section.

"Window Seat"

Matthew E. White

K Bay

The singer from Virginia Beach channels his 70s influence to bring some joyous disco that will leave you “burnin’ up.”

"Let's Ball"

The Reytons

Kids Off the Estate

The Sheffield foursome offers some punk-tinged indie rock ahead of its November release, Kids Off the Estate, accompanied by a video showcasing next-level manipulation. Relationships are hard.

"Nothing to Declare"

X Ambassadors 

Beautiful Liar

Dark and haunting are the vibes you’ll get from the group’s third album. Compelling and slightly disturbing.

"Beautiful Liar"

The Lathums

How Beautiful Life Can Be

Hailing from Wigan, The Lathums marched up the UK charts in short order with its debut album, released September 24 and hitting the top on October 1. Close your eyes and you can hear the Smiths, sans the self-pity.

"The Great Escape"


Kurt Vile

Various Artists — I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico

I’m skeptical of tribute albums by nature. The fact that the original album was a pretty big deal to me when I bought it so very long ago, I went into this expecting to be irritated. Instead, I came away impressed with much of this album. It was difficult to choose what song to highlight, but eventually, this edged out Fontaine DC’s “The Black Angel’s Death Song” or Sharon Van Etten’s version of “Femme Fatale.” It was really close.

"Run Run Run"

Wang Wen

100,000 Whys

The music sounds like a soundtrack from a forgotten film. Synthy, spacy, and sometimes heavy, this Chinese post-rock export will take you on a sonic journey.

"Forgotten River"