We’re not talking illegitimate offspring here, but the spiritual sons and daughters of older bands — ones who carry on (and expand) the musical legacy of predecessors’ classic albums.
PIXIES Trompe le Monde —-> MODEST MOUSE This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About —-> BORN RUFFIANS
Meet a young Toronto three-piece in thrall to the sound of Up Records-era Modest Mouse. Their debut, Red, Yellow & Blue (out March 4), is also a jaunty, jittery remembrance of the Pixies.
DEVO Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! —-> THE RAPTURE Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks —-> FOALS
Newly signed to Sub Pop (Antidotes arrives April 8), these five ambitious Brits trace the propulsive proto-dance rock of Devo and the Rapture’s early, punkier incarnation.
THE ROLLING STONES Their Satanic Majesties Request —-> PRIMAL SCREAM Screamadelica —-> MGMT
What is rock music without decadence — and perhaps body paint? Brooklyn’s MGMT echo the sprawling, trippy Satanic-period Stones and ’90s-era Primal Scream on Oracular Spectacular (out now).
SWELL MAPS International Rescue —-> GUIDED BY VOICES Bee Thousand —-> TIMES NEW VIKING
Frantic, chaotic, and lo-fi: This coed Ohio outfit’s recent Rip It Off is a tribute to fuzz-busting progenitors GBV, as well as underground U.K. icons Swell Maps’ raucous anthems.