Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the new Chart Discovery weekly column, we’ll 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 KNSU in Thibodaux, LA, WXDU in Durham, NC, and WFMU in Jersey City, NJ.

Invalids On KNSU

Music has no boundaries as manic math rock from two musicians from Colorado and Pennsylvania who, according to their Facebook page, have never met in person, hits No. 22 on a Louisiana radio station. Much like the intricate guitarists of Maps And Atlases (whose last two albums went Top 10 on the CMJ charts), Invalids get technical on Eunoia and mix in some early ’90s emotive vocals, a la Sunny Day Real Estate.


Thee Open Sex On WXDU

Heavy on the acid rock as a fuzzed-up Jefferson Airplane (none of that Starship shit), Thee Open Sex’s self-titled debut was No. 30 on WXDU’s playlist this week. The Indiana band’s fresh debut is acerbic and gritty, and, fittingly, the cover art looks like a psychedelic version of that creepy disembodied eyeball in the opening sequence to The Twilight Zone.


Felix Kubin On WFMU

I was fortunate enough to see him play in Warsaw this fall, and I was excited to see No. 22 on WFMU’s playlist this week: European maestro Felix Kubin’s Teenage Tapes, released in late 2012, which showcase the prodigious works (half that were previously unreleased) of Kubin’s earliest creative period—from ages 11 to 15. This guy is a musical brainiac with a Korg MS-20. He’s no stranger to independent radio and his music, which is a natural fit on a 2013 playlist, is impressively ahead of its time (remember, these are recordings from the ’80s).