Grizzly Bear - "Yet Again"
Our second taste of Grizzly Bear's upcoming "Shields" is even more mouth-watering than the first, with the band again ramping up the energy level and pulling off a pretty convincing impression of an honest-to-God rock band without compromising their delicate sensibilities. The album drops Sept. 18 on Warp.
Dum Dum Girls - "Lord Knows"
Although I'd choose the Drake/Rick Ross track of the same name in a pinch, Dum Dum Girls' comeback single shows them evolving in an intriguing direction. I keep thinking I hate it when indie bands start sounding like Annie Lennox, then some band sways me back in favor of the trend with a stunner like "Lord Knows." "End of Daze" is coming Sept. 25 via Sub Pop.
Miguel - "Use Me"
The artful R&B star, who just rocked the Ohio State Fair this weekend, has a promising new album called "Kaleidoscope Dream" coming out Oct. 2 on RCA. "Use Me" does nothing to diminish that promise.
Corin Tucker Band - "Neskowin"
The former Sleater-Kinney wailer brings her new crew to the Wexner Center on Oct. 3. Get ready by howling away with "Neskowin." (How is it that Corin Tucker's shrill howl sounds like comfort food?)
Beautiful Lou and Himanshu - "Running Thru The Jungle"
Texas talent Beautiful Lou produced some exceedingly disorienting beats for the latest project by Columbus rapper Path. Now he's got his own album on Mishka featuring Himanshu Suri of Das Racist in fine form ("Came up in the 90s like CD-ROM/ Came up in the 90s like sayin' "the bomb").
Mariah Carey featuring Rick Ross & Meek Mill - "Triumphant (Get 'Em)"
I'd say the Mariah's ability to coexist with Maybach Music in a non-desperate manner means she is officially more relevant than Madonna in 2012. Plus Mariah's judging "American Idol" this year!
Chris Cohen - "Optimist High"
A former member of Deerhoof, The Curtains and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cohen now strikes out on his own with one of the most pleasant psych-pop singles of the season. Captured Tracks is set to release his album "Overgrown Path" on Sept. 25.
Deerhoof - "The Trouble With Candyhands"
Meanwhile, Cohen's former Deerhoof bandmates have gone mariachi. Their latest, "Breakup Song," drops Sept. 4 on Polyvinyl.
Cult of Youth - "Garden of Delights"
Keeping post-punk dark and militaristic. Sean Ragon and company return with "Love Will Prevail" Sept. 4 via Sacred Bones.
Flying Lotus featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy - "Between Friends"
This actually came out last week, but better late than never! Don't let it slip past you.