Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Why they matter: Bandleader David Longstreth, a Yale music-composition grad, combines everything from tribal African hollers to classical violins on his band's experimental new album, Bitte Orca. You should know: Longstreth penned an experimental work for Bjork recently, and the two performed it at New York City's Housing Works Bookstore Café. Read a review here. LISTEN: Dirty Projectors w/ Bjork live, "Mount Wittenberg Orca"
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »