Hometown: Detroit, MI
Why they matter: This trio is nothing if not one of the hardest working bands in rock'n'roll. Gritty and true to their Motor City roots, the Lessons' snappy garage rock will bowl over both familiar Michiganders and Rothbury randoms.
You should know: Brendan Benson and members of Electric Six played on the Lessons' 2009 album, Arms Forest.
LISTEN: The Hard Lessons, "The Arms Forest"
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »