Every month on Station Breaks, NPR Music stations handpick a diverse list of new songs by not-so-big bands. In this edition, check out British-Nigerian vocalist Ola Onabulé, Gothic country-rock by Roselit Bone and more. Songs from this month will be available to stream on the NPR Slingshot Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

A Giant Dog, “Black Mirror”

One cover just wasn’t enough for these lighthearted punk weirdos, whose track-by-track take on Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible is a brilliant re-imagining of some of that band’s iconic songs. — Jack Anderson, KUTX, Austin, Texas


Bonnie Bishop, “Every Happiness Under The Sun”

Leading with a message of positivity, Bonnie Bishop explores new textures with fervent percussion in this new song, produced by the legendary Steve Jordan. — Jessie Scott, WMOT, Nashville, Tennessee


Roselit Bone, “Proving Grounds”

This sprawling octet plays an extraordinary style of Gothic country-rock. “Proving Ground” finds Roselit Bone at its rowdiest, with singer Charlotte McCaslin crooning behind a hard-charging cacophony of horns, percussion and guitars. — Jerad Walker, opbmusic, Portland, Oregon


Cynnamon, “Smile”

Caleb Turman and Austin Bello, better known as Cynnamon, have a knack for writing songs fit for radio. “Smile” is an indie-pop hit, infused with irony and a hint of Daft Punk. — Amy Miller, KXT, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas


Madeline Edwards, “Tryna Make Sense”

This rare love song by Houston’s Madeline Edwards combines Southern soul with the cool California jazz on which she was raised. — Troy Schulze, Houston Public Media, Houston, Texas


Office Culture, “I Move In Shadows”

With “I Move in Shadows,” Office Culture showcases its aptitude for trouble-free tempos paired with idiosyncratic vocals. The New York band is calling out for our attention and we can’t help but listen. — Alexis Palmer, Mountain Stage, Charleston, West Virginia


Ola Onabulé, “The Old Story”

In “The Old Story,” British-Nigerian vocalist Ola Onabulé́ presents a captivating and poignant portrayal of a man who questions his authority to end human life. — J. Michael Harrison, WRTI, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


One Eleven Heavy, “Mardi Gras”

“Mardi Gras” packs a whole lot of ‘70s swagger into less than three minutes, complete with a ramshackle piano riff and snarky guitar and vocal harmonies. Keep on chooglin’. — Brian Burns, WUNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Stream this month’s Station Breaks picks on NPR Slingshot’s Spotify playlist.

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