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Band of Horses, “Knock Knock” – This is the first single from the band’s upcoming fourth album Mirage Rock. Band of Horses does have a tendency to fall into same-y territory with ballads that sound more like lullabyes, but this is actual rock, complete with a chugging riff and some serious drums. Here’s to hoping it promises a new edge for the album.
Thenewno2, “The Fear of Missing Out” – Any band fronted by a son of a Beatle is probably worth mentioning, but George Harrison’s son Dhani is stepping out into his own new territory here. There’s a lot of electronic fuzz and glitchiness, cameos from Ben Harper and RZA, and an end result that sounds very far from anything a Beatle would ever touch. They are carving out their own niche, and it’s a fun, spastic, energetic one with lots of room to grow.
No Doubt, “Settle Down” – After a decade, it seems like Gwen Stefani and No Doubt haven’t changed a bit. And even though we know this is the same Gwen Stefani who released “Hollaback Girl,” it’s hard not to welcome her back with open arms. The beat is big, the chorus is catchy, and it’s almost like “Hollaback Girl” never happened.
The Afghan Whigs, “Lovecrimes” – The Afghan Whigs have always known their way around a cover song, and this one is no different. They turn the Frank Ocean ballad into an entirely new animal with their rendition. They turn the ballad’s melody into a huge rock groove, fun and over-the-top.
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