With Lolla looming, guitarist Dennis Casey of Celtic punk performers Flogging Molly gave us his picks for the bands you'll hear this weekend that are likely to put the marshmallows in your Lucky Charms. Because he's Irish. Whatever, just listen.
J. Roddy Walston and The Business: "Used to Did" The Baltimore outfit serves up piano-backed, punk-tinged, throwback garage rock, as well as grammar snagged from season four of The Wire.
Imelda May: "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" This Dublin rockabilly songstress showcases some serious pipes in a tune about a musician with a big sound, and possibly a serious pipe.
OK Go: "This Too Shall Pass" Founded in Chi, OK Go's known as much for their crazy clever vids as their catchy power pop, as evidenced in this number's viral masterpiece featuring a Rube Goldberg-style chain reaction that would put Pee-Wee Herman to shame (assuming a dude who diddles himself in theaters has any).
Foo Fighters: "Walk" Having bravely tackled the most harrowing caffeine addiction since Jessie Spano, Dave Grohl's rock collective is at their anthemic finest in this second single off their latest album.
Fitz and the Tantrums: "MoneyGrabber" There's some serious Motown and Stax influence evident in the soul-soaked sound of this LA group that boldly eschews the guitar. Now if only Nickelback would do the same.
My Morning Jacket: "Wordless Chorus" Jim James' vocals bounce from sleepy to soaring in this ethereal tune whose choir-esque chorus is, indeed, wordless. Seriously, Nickelback, are you paying attention?
Titus Andronicus: "...And Ever" This track from the lo-fi punk quintet with the Shakespearean name has been known to serve as a pre-show pump-up joint for Flogging Molly, to which one might respond, "As You Like It".
Big Audio Dynamite: "Rush" Mick Jones' multifaceted ensemble has re-formed with their original lineup for the first time since the mid-'90s, a strategy that might actually improve the 49ers this season, even though those guys are all pushing 50.