"Look What You Made Me Do" might be getting all the attention, but "...Ready For It" the second track from Taylor Swift's upcoming album
Reputation, is the far superior song. It's deceptively grimy opening gives way to softer chorus, as Taylor roasts some awful exes to a crisp. It may sound new, but the old Taylor is still at its core.
It's been over seven years since Ted Leo released his last proper album, but now the he's back with
The Hanged Man, an album that finds the indie rocker expanding his sound. "Can't Go Back" is a Motown-infused jam that maintains his punk spirit and is bolstered by backing vocals from rapper Jean Grae.
For nearly a decade Annie Clark (under the guise of St. Vincent) has put out some of the most inspiring and often impenetrable music around. "Los Ageless" continues the trajectory with its sultry industrial-lite beat and a walloping chorus. "How can anybody have you and lose you and not lose their mind?" is a question we'll be singing for the ages.
"Frontline" is a bold and soulful break-up anthem. It's got a spacey R&B groove and cutting lyrics, all of which make us even more excited for her debut album which is set to arrive later this year.
Off his highly anticipate and much delayed album
Heaven Upside Down out October 6, Manson is back with this colorfully named single. It's sure to appease longtime fans of the shock-rocker while still moving his sound forward.
Wolf Parade's long-awaited comeback album features this power-pop gem. "You're Dreaming" is a bouncy romp that finds the Canadian rock-collective sounding more rejuvenated than ever.
Dan Bejar dabbles in many sounds but always does so with a wink and nod. Destroyer's latest track blends synths and saxophones in a typically retro-modern fashion, while the song's cinematic visual mines Chris Marker's 1962 classic short film La Jetée for inspiration.
The sweetness of Phoebe Bridgers' voice makes "Funeral" all the more haunting. It's a sad, sparse folk song that tackles existential despair with concrete imagery. It's the kind of angst that could only take place in childhood bedrooms that Bridgers illuminates so well.
Shamir - 90's Kids
In the wake of label issues and mental health struggles, Shamir bounces back with a millennial anthem. "90's Kids" is a lo-fi ballad that documents the fears and criticism that plague a generation, but it also celebrates their underestimated potential. A meme-filled lyric video is the perfect visual accompaniment.