Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we highlight three songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.
Summer Cannibals - “False Anthem”
Portland rock band Summer Cannibals are set to release their fourth album, “Can’t Tell Me No,” on June 28 (their first release since signing with Tiny Engines). On the record’s blistering lead single, “Anthem,” frontwoman Jessica Boudreaux takes aim at toxic masculinity and even the “goddamn government.” It’s an impressive return to form for the riff-heavy rock group, who’ve experienced significant personnel changes over the past three years. Summer Cannibals play in Portland, Oregon, at Wonder Ballroom along with Mudhoney on June 15 as part of a sprawling U.S. tour that also includes dates in Sisters and Eugene.
Fontaines D.C. - “Boys In The Better Land”
Fontaines D.C. are just the latest in a wave of rambunctious new rock groups emanating from the British Isles, but they might be the best yet. The Irish group released their debut record, “Dogrel,” in early April and have been turning heads with their fiery live shows. “Boys in The Better Land” captures that intensity perfectly, with it’s punishing rhythm section and the fist-pumping vocals of lead singer Grian Chatten. You can catch Fontaines D.C. live on May 27 at Wonder Ballroom along with kindred post-punk spirits Idles.
Esperanza Spalding - “Lest We Forget”
Although perhaps best known as a jazz bass prodigy, Esperanza Spalding has been creating genre-bending music for quite a while now. The Portland native’s 2016 album “Emily’s D+Evolution” was essentially an art rock release and her vocal styling has increasingly bordered on neo-soul. In line with that trend, her latest single, “Lest We Forget,” is hard to put in any genre box. One thing’s for sure, the incredibly sultry track is undeniably beautiful. Spalding’s new album, “12 Little Spells,” came out last week.