Recommended by Dave Segal
Tiny Vipers' transition from forlorn folk spectralist to electronic musician has been surprising yet smooth and rewarding. On last year's Laughing, Tiny Vipers (aka Jesy Fortino) retains her desolate minimalism and flair for bleakly beautiful melodies that feel more at home in low-lit bedrooms than in bright coffeehouses. Her metamorphosis has translated well to the live arena, too. Tiny Vipers should provide a copacetic lead in for Earth, the slowly evolving Seattle group that pioneered ambient metal, then rocked like beflanneled Hendrix acolytes before shifting into spare, desert-roasted rock that radiates an aerated, majestic doom. Also, Earth leader Dylan Carlson has had his own electronic-music side hustle with smart, UK bass-music brute the Bug, which you should investigate, too.