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She & Him
"I Got Your Number, Son"
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more quintessentially "summery" band than Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's She & Him. As such, their latest offering, Volume 3, is an elixir you'll want to keep close by as summer washes over Cleveland. Album opener "I Got Your Number, Son" distills the duo's sunny vibes into a concise three-plus minutes. (Sandy)
The Shouting Matches
In this first single from The Shouting Matches' debut album, Grownass Man, lead man Justin Vernon can't help but show the soft side that Bon Iver fans have always loved. Unsurprisingly, it works like a charm; the blend of soft and southern rock makes for jazzy riffage throughout, ultimately culminating in a playful conversation between two delicately intertwined guitar parts to round out the song's last half-minute. (DeSmit)
"The Three of Us"
(Pentimento / Victory)
Nothing puts you in the mood for summer quite like the blaring horn hook of this beautifully produced ska song. Thomas Kalnoky's vocal style and fast-pace guitar rhythm are the perfect support to the nearly distorted sounding slide trombone that pierces through the verse like a freight train. But it's not till the kick-ass horn section breakdown will Streetlight Manifesto really have you head banging and sold on this song. (Hoffman)
Surfer Blood intends to keep making the same kind of "surf" rock that made their 2010 debut album, Astro Coast, so fun and infectious. The first single off of this summers Pythons shows that the band can delve into its harsher side, even in the midst of a track predominantly upbeat song built around pop melodies and a handful of tight vocal harmonies. (DeSmit)
Though not a single off of the band's much acclaimed sophomore effort, Lonerism, "Mind Mischief" proves to be one of the more unique tracks from the album. A refreshingly honest take on how it feels to have a crush, band mastermind Kevin Parker's laid back voice soars over fuzzed out guitar and lazily brilliant drum fills before the band spaces out with a heavily synthesized second half. If the song wasn't trippy enough for you, check out the music video in all of its animated intergalactic sexual glory. (DeSmit)
Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara have combined '80s pop with modern electronic recording methods to produce a catchy single that everyone is finding out about. The duo's voices and looks meld together into one, making it impossible to tell where one starts and the other begins. And with a chorus and title that's all about sex, the song dares you to be reminded of a physical romp with a loved one. (Hoffman)
This song wants to be the most fun that you hear this summer. Be it because of the ever changing/über-modulated vocals of lead singer Ezra Koenig or its zany mish-mash of horns, piano, and synth to a driving garage rock beat, this first single off of the band's third album, Modern Vampires of the City, probably won't fail to accomplish its mission. (DeSmit)
Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
As the opening tune on the band's latest album, Mosquito, this song sets the tone with its doom and gloom attitude. Leading lady Karen O shows off her uncanny ability to flip the switch between sounding both sexy and inviting or "get the fuck back" pissed-off, holding the listener's attention until the church chorus chants that fill the last minute carry the track to its grave. (DeSmit)