New Music Monday - Communist Daughter and Frontier Ruckus

Today's #NewMusicMonday selections include a pair of videos from indie folk groups forging offbeat paths and gracing DC stages over the next 3 weeks.

First up we have the foreboding and beautiful "Keep Moving" from Communist Daughter. The song, a haunting parable about the struggle of depression and PTSD, is sweeping yet austere. The restrained, almost hushed, interplay of co-vocalists (and spouses) Johnny and Molly are evocative of the indie minimalism of Yo La Tengo, and the video's muted colors and cinematic scale recall the expansive vision and soundstage of The Dodos. They'll be opening for Brooklyn folksters (and MMS alums) The Dig on March 5 at The Black Cat.

Next up we have "Our Flowers Are Still Burning" from Detroit quartet Frontier Ruckus. This song has early Death Cab for Cutie and Bright Eyes-era Conor Oberst in its DNA, but their uneconomical lyrics and juxtaposition of strings and noodly keyboards betray ambitions to be both baroque and shoegaze. You can catch them in a couple of weeks at DC9.