Cage the Elephant had a hit last year with Ain't No Rest for the Wicked. A punk-blues band out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, they played Lollapalooza last year as well as opening for Silversun Pickups and STP. If you think you're not familiar with Cage, you probably have at least heard this, their first hit, which was a free download on iTunes and then went on to be used quite often.
Their other best known song from their first album is Back Against the Wall.
Here's a single off their upcoming CD, entitled "Thank you, Happy Birthday." The definitely have a White Stripes vibe to me.
Cake's next CD is entitled Showroom of Compassion. Again, if you don't already have any of their albums, you still are probably more familiar with them than you know. The Sacramento band has been around since the 1990s and have five previous albums. They're more funk than punk and truly alternative in their treatment of the rock genre. I'm sure you've heard the following song. But first....
Okay, here's my true confession. I thought this was Beck for the longest time. Seriously. But, c'mon, you can hear the similarity, right? They both speak/sing their songs and have convoluted, interesting instrumentation. Agreed? Or have I just lost whatever credibility I had?
I love this video. Even if you don't love their music, the people on the streets asked for their opinion are priceless. My favorite, "I don't like the na na na part in the chorus." Amen, brother.
Here's Sick of You, the first single off their new CD. I like them, but, really, it is Beck, isn't it?