Oh dear. It seems this feature has been seriously neglected. But never again, I swear! So without further ado, let's get to what's been kicking around my iTunes this week (or, actually, for the past few weeks).
Drummer – though the band is made up an array of different (you guessed it) drummers from bands like Black Keys, Teeth of the Hydra, Party of Helicopters, Beaten Awake, Houseguest and Six Parts Seven, the drums are just awesome enough to feature but not overshadow the record. Fuzzy guitars and college rock melodies make the band's debut album Feel Good Together a must-listen this year. The band is about to embark on their first tour and will be playing The EARL in Atlanta on October 16. Tickets are available at Ticket Alternative.
The Aliens – the relatively-new project from members of the oft-overlooked Beta Band might have only been making a noise on the most underground of levels so far, but when their quirky mix of psychedelia, garage rock and elecro fuzz hits the American shores on October 20 in the form of their LP Luna, you can be sure every hipster will be grabbing a copy for a good old freak out. Check out their video for the live version of "Billy Jack" above.
Cage The Elephant – I've gushed about this band in my SXSW posts way back in March, and the band's self-titled debut has also received praise on our sister blog Atlanta Music Guide; now it looks like their down-and-dirty mix of "bluesy Delta rock, American grunge and early Britpop" is taking over the rest of the country. They're touring with Silversun Pickups and Manchester Orchestra in a triple-threat-indie-rock-out fashion, and will be hitting Little Rock's Revolution Music Room on September 25 and Johnson City's Electric Cowboy September 29. Tickets are on sale now at Ticket Alternative.