Henry Rollins will sing for you no more. After a three-decade career fronting the pioneering L.A. punk band Black Flag and his own group, Rollins Band, he has chosen to hang up his mic and focus on his spoken-word career; he's currently on a world tour that circles back to the U.S. on March 17. Rollins, 50, is also a columnist for L.A. Weekly and has created documentaries for National Geographic.
"I rang that bell very hard, very frequently, with a great deal of urgency," he says of quitting his music career. But it's not like Rollins has given up on discovering new bands. He still gets his kicks as a DJ for L.A.'s KCRW-FM and says he buys at least one new CD every day. Rollins' tastes are far-reaching, from French cold wave and Nigerian funk to obscure American noise and psychedelic rock: "I'm looking for more of the arcane, the little bit rougher, or eclectic, esoteric, way out there."
We asked Rollins for five of his favorite recent discoveries. Check out his picks and stream their songs below.