Sounds Like: Llewyn Davis's favorite pop group; Motown meets the Brill Building in jazzy, soulful, woulda-been Sixties chart toppers.
For Fans Of: Norah Jones, Pink Martini, Hurray for the Riff Raff
Why You Should Pay Attention: Launched as a country-jazz experiment at Boston's New England Conservatory in 2005, Lake Street Dive has evolved into the hardest-swinging pop quartet since Manhattan Transfer. Their upcoming second album, Bad Self Portraits, is a fresh, knowing collection of tunes that split the difference between Motown soul, Sixties pop zip, and British Invasion swagger. With award-winning jazz vocalist Rachael Price as their secret ingredient, LSD boasts an unflagging collective charisma and sense of humor that will take them far. Invited to join a roomful of idols at T Bone Burnett's Inside Llewyn Davis concert in New York, they found themselves mugging it up with Elvis Costello, who probably hasn't seen their sultry million-views YouTube take on the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back." But he should.
They Say: "We came out of the institutional jazz scene," says Price, "so it was a mischievous and crazy thing to decide to play three-chord pop. We wanted to make music that would garner younger fans, but we grew up listening to the Beatles and ended up playing music our parents love. We didn't think about demographics, just 'let's play pop.'"
Hear for Yourself: Price delivers the goods in the loping, explosive "Rental Love":
by Richard Gehr