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What you should be listening to: Wylie and the Wild West; Oochie; Warpaint

A weekly selection of notable recordings.

Los Angeles quartet Warpaint. (Photo by Mia Kirby.)

WARNING: Songs streaming below may contain explicit lyrics.

If you’ve ever wondered who the guy hollering in those Yahoo commercials was . . .

It was Wylie Gustafson, a yodeling cowboy from Montana whose new album, “Relic,” makes a style of endangered country music feel very alive. With the help of his band, the Wild West, Gustafson’s songs are as crisp as his yodeling. And with “21st Century Blues,” he’s forlorn, hilarious and self-aware, narrating his march toward obsolescence with a spring in his boots.

If you need to catch up on D.C.’s ever-expanding rap scene . . .

Northeast Washington rapper Oochie’s fresh new mix tape, “Dew Print 2,” also features a smattering of street-minded locals: Boosa Da Shoota, Chugaloo Roc, Yung Gleesh, Lightshow, Chris Bo and rising scene pooh-bah Fat Trel. But Oochie — a tough-talking blabbermouth with a huge personality — has no problem sharing the spotlight, spitting out Patrick Ewing metaphors, “Karate Kid” jokes and other slang-soaked gobbledygook.

If you like your rock-and-roll moody and democratic . . .

Los Angeles quartet Warpaint’s self-titled second album has the conviction of post-punk and the gloom of trip-hop without really resembling either. For these four women, the songwriting process is highly collaborative, making their songs feel both formless and focused. “Love is to die,” they sing at the album’s crest. “Love is to not die.”

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about the genius of Young Thug, the endurance of go-go music, and the pleasure of listening to loud sounds in the dark.



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