Wax Children playing live at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA – Photo by Wax Children


Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This week’s favorites come from WUDR in Dayton, OH and KSPC in Claremont, CA.

Beat Club on WUDR

The two-year-old L.A.-based trio Beat Club caught our attention when it snuck up to the Number 30 position on WUDR’s playlist this week. Named for a German TV show that aired in the ’60s and ’70s, the trio makes dance punk with a distinct pop sweetness. They blend ’80s hip-hop rhythms with a flurry of synths, prominent base lines, the occasional jangly guitar, and plenty of playful vocals.


Wax Children on KSPC

Coming in at Number 29 on KSPC’s Radio 200 playlist is Safe Hands from the L.A.-based Wax Children. The experimental garage group’s sound features a vast, psychedelic sonic landscape full of fuzz and reverb, but not without the occasional burst of noise-rock power and soothing melodies. A little surf rock in the guitar and clear ’60s influences round out the foursome’s sound.