Recommended by Anna Kaplan
TOPS’s latest record, Sugar at the Gate, topped Gorilla vs. Bear’s list of best albums of 2017 so far, and for good reason. TOPS make Lynchian indie rock that could easily land them an appearance on Twin Peaks: The Return, due to their low, relaxing guitars and lead vocalist Jane Penny’s quavering voice. Penny’s vocals shift from hushed whispers to sharp, loud declarations, and at times the guitars change to disco-inspired riffs, making each track sound uniquely its own. TOPS’s live show will be a concoction of all of this, shaping their set to be a perfect storm of dicey indie rock.