Criminally under-heard Austin duo OED—fronted by Kimberly Freeman, one of this magazine's Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock perennials—has always done exactly as they please, remaining steadfastly D.I.Y. and focusing on smart, not-necessarily-commercial releases. Their latest is a concept album about the Salem witch trials that toggles between Ren Faire folk, ’90s alt pop and thorny rock. OED is deathly serious about their subject matter: 'Witches' is a deeply researched and expertly executed chronological examination of events, though it also feels a bit stagey. And while Freeman can't convincingly deliver lines like “Save us from the serpent's plan to enslave us,” she comes impressively close. ALLISON STEWART
Check out ‘Witches’ below.