Wanting to make spacey blues and disco-inspired rockabilly they call glam-a-billy, husband and wife—and He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister bandmates—singer-guitarist Rob Kolar and drummer Lauren Brown teamed up to form Kolars (above, performing “One More Thrill” for Jam in the Van) two years ago in L.A., putting out their eponymous debut LP (stream it below) in 2017. “This up-and-coming Los Angeles–based duo is worth watching and their chemistry on every track of the album is sublimely in-sync,” said Lemonade Magazine. “The more you listen to the album, the better it becomes. It is addictive. So for something that is not mainstream, the Kolars are blazing their own trail.”
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Tyler James and singer-songwriter Jessica Maros have released two long-players as Escondido (below, performing “Heart Is Black” for KCRW FM), the second of which, Walking with a Stranger (stream it above), came out in 2016. Glide proclaimed that they “soar with dense, layered arrangements.” And furthermore: “The ultimate result is an album that exudes both warmth and circumspect, weight and pretext. Yet it doesn’t get bogged down by its own importance either. It’s substantive to be sure, but it’s still the kind of record that can entertain at a party when the guests arrive, and keep the mood elevated until the company finally takes its leave.” The Nashville duo are currently on an East Coast swing with Kolars that brings them to Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night. Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Aaron Roche opens the show.