Is it summer yet? I am so over the weather here in Chicago. My only saving grace is that I currently work in an office with bright lights, no windows and it’s so hot I am sweating in only a tank top so it kind of feels like a hot summer day. OK, I’ll stop complaining — let’s get to the tunes.
File Under: Sex-fueled pop rock
For Fans Of: Ethereal voices on top of heavy bluesy guitar, Beth Gibbons, Sneaker Pimps, The Black Keys, candles, the Red Light district, bands playing during Buffy the Vampire Slayer (but better), rainy days
Bonus: Here is a trippy remix of her song, “Mammalian Locomotion,” which is perfect for the rainy dreary weather I’m having.
File Under: Smooth R&B, dance pop
For Fans Of: a mixture of Keyshia Cole and Robyn (weird I know), Jennifer Lopez, Diddy Dirty Money, short sparkly dresses, lotion from The Body Shop
Bonus: Beldina was featured in the Childish Gambino (Community star Donald Glover’s rap act) song “Not Going Back.”
File Under: Melodic pop rock/alt country, soul
For Fans Of: rooting for the underdog, sentimental moments, Melissa Ethridge mixed with Gretchen Wilson, Kelly Clarkson, the Aretha Franklin song “I Knew You Were Waiting.”
Bonus: Thanks to AfterEllen.com reader Shaker for the recommendation! I now recognize her song “Learning to Live” from the Jillian Michaels weight-loss show Losing It!
File Under: Melodic power metal, goth metal
For Fans Of: Lunatica, Asrai, Tristania, Medieval Times, Within Temptation, corsets, laced-up boots
Bonus: Lead singer Ji-In Cho is a total babe. Also, the band is offering up a free download of their song, “Liberato 2011” on their website.
File Under: Electronic, hyperdub
For Fans Of: Ellen Alien, video game sounds, Skrillex, Guido, lounging in dark clubs with a martini — but a hipster martini, Apple products, small dance movements, track jackets
Bonus: Oddly enough, Ikonika got her music start by playing drums in hardcore and metal bands.