“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”—The Dead Weather
Continuing to prove themselves the best group Jack White has even been a part of, The Dead Weather’s dark and brooding attitude makes “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” one of the best rock songs released in 2015. Meandering through a tense bass line and Led Zeppelin-esque riffs, Alison Mosshart’s crazed vocals will make your heart feel just like the speaker she sings about. This terse rocker is the first track off the group’s forthcoming LP “Dodge & Burn,” due out Sept. 25.
“Empty Temples”—The Sword
Is there such a thing as going on a musical diet, and if so, is it a good idea? Austin-based metal band The Sword confidently answer both questions in the affirmative with their leaner, meaner sound on “Empty Temples.” A cut that finds the group shedding some of the heaviness of their doom-rock past for robust, limber hard rock, “Empty Temples” is the sound of a band moving forward by looking at the successes of bands in the past. Look for this track on “High Country,” which was released Aug. 21 on Razor & Tie Music Publishing.
Beach House sounds like a dusty attic organ inhabited by a slightly sunnier ghost of Christmas past, weaving swirling guitars and vocals into a delightful dream-pop ditty on “PPP.” Comprised of Baltimore’s Alex Scally and French-born Victoria Legrand, the duo sounds comfortable and confident on the first single from their upcoming fifth studio album, “Depression Cherry,” due out Aug. 28 on Sub Pop Records. Headphones are highly recommended for maximum enjoyment of this tune.
“Singers”—The Tallest Man on Earth
“Guess we’re always in the question of the things we never learn / But we’re only gone like singers till springtime,” croons Kristian Matsson, the singer/songwriter who performs under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth. Whatever uncertainty exists in the nimble poetry of “Singers,” Matsson’s charismatic voice carries this tune confidently. Hailing from Dalarna, Sweden, The Tallest Man on Earth will be performing for the first time in Cleveland at the House of Blues on Sept. 3. Tickets are $25; doors open at 7 p.m.
“Friday I’m In Love”—Yo La Tengo
Often known for their cover song repertoire, Yo La Tengo tackle the Cure’s beloved “Friday I’m In Love” on their upcoming album “Stuff Like That There,” due out Aug. 28 on Matador Records. Stripping the pop song down to the basics of an acoustic guitar and the delicate voice of percussionist Georgia Hubley, the natural beauty of this tune’s melody and lyrics shines. This is a welcome addition to the indie-rock institution’s already impressive catalog.
Retro Pick of the Week:
“I Just Wasn’t Meant For These Times”—The Beach Boys
Acclaimed by numerous music critics and fans as one of the greatest and most progressive pop albums of all time, The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” is a towering psychedelic-rock achievement that has only improved with age since its release in 1966. The harrowingly beautiful lyrics and vocal harmonies crafted by Brian Wilson on the aptly titled “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” is an acknowledgement of the album’s staggering vision and will only serve to make you want to listen to this LP again and again.
Teddy Eisenberg is a fourth-year programmer at WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland. He hosts The ’59 Sound, an exploration of rock music, every Thursday morning from 8-10 a.m. and co-hosts the variety talk show Max and Teddy in the Morning at Night (Sometimes) on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. The crackle of vinyl warms him on cold Cleveland nights.