JOPLIN, Mo. — It's officially spring. You're coming out of hibernation, and maybe you're wondering what's some new music worth listening to. If so, here's a rundown of new stuff worth checking out.
Tune-Yards: "Water Fountain"
As Tune-Yards (or tUnE-yArDs), Merrill Garbus released "whokill," one of the best albums of 2011 -- a weird, wholly-her-own concoction of emotionally resonant, spiky pop songs written on an ukulele and augmented by looped instrumentals.
She has a new album on the way, "Nikki Nack," and the first single, "Water Fountain," is pure fun. Driven by a clattering rhythm that brings to mind an island celebration on the cusp of wiliing out of control, the song quickly builds to a riotous cacophony with Garbus singing something vaguely menacing and matter-of-fact about how "we're gonna get the water from your house."
If you're catching the Arcade Fire live when they come through Missouri this month on their "Reflektor" tour, get there in time to catch Tune-Yards' opening set.
Bleachers: "I Wanna Get Better"
I can't decide if I love this song or hate it, which makes me think it has a shot at being a legitimate hit come summertime. Written by the guy in Fun who's perhaps best known for being Lena Dunham's boyfriend, it's a self-consciously gargantuan pop song with strains of Meatloaf, hair metal, synthpop, and early Ô00s indie pop swirling in the emotional jet fuel that propels the sing-along catharsis into the stratosphere.
Rick Ross: "Sanctified"
I haven't listened to anything else off the Teflon Don's latest, but this lush jam featuring a gorgeous Betty Wright sample and assists by Kanye West and Big Sean is going to be on rotation often this summer.