Dads? Cool? Turns out they figured out the best in fashion, music, and even movies years ago. For example, websites like dadsaretheoriginalhipster.tumblr.com prove that, try as I might, my taste in music will never be as awesome as my father’s—and that’s ok. Without him, The Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, and The Band may have never made it onto my Spotify playlist.
So Dad, this one’s for you: Here are some new bands you haven’t heard of that I’m fairly certain we can both get into. Together.
Finger-picked guitar solos, delicate piano notes, and quirky whistling form the skeleton of this band’s body of music. Listen to the faint scratching sound on song “Glory” and pretend that you’re sitting around a record player instead of your MacBook. And what’s more perfect for Father’s Day than a song entitled “Welcome Home, Son”?
Young the Giant
If Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay had a baby, it would be this California-based band. Electric guitar and mellow vocals make for a perfect driving playlist for long rides with your pop.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Composed of more than 10 musicians, this indie folk band uses toy keyboards, giant tambourines, and super-sized xylophones alongside guitar and piano for a psychedelic sound. They also raise funds for charities such as Water Wells for Africa and Hope Campaign. And the odds are if you squint, they look like your dad and his friends when they were in their twenties.