“In the Wake of You” — Dum Dum Girls
This song is reminiscent of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”…and 80’s songs in general. If you ignore the fact that it’s on the album “Too True” (released Jan. 28), it matches most things made 30 years ago.
“You’ve Got Time” — Regina Spektor
I just finished “Orange is the New Black” the other day, and whenever this song comes on, I can’t stop thinking about that outrageous cliffhanger in the last episode. If you haven’t watched it, you should; and if you haven’t listened to this song, you should. Spektor’s whooshy voice over the intense beats makes for a cool, punky juxtaposition of a song.
“Cineramascope” — Galactic
Galactic is coming to Beachland Ballroom on Tuesday, and I wish I could go. This funky jazz band is upbeat and fun, and “Cineramascope” shows the band’s New Orleans-y feel.
“Feels Like Forever” — Of Mice & Men
Heavy, but not too heavy… but still pretty heavy. This pretty much describes Of Mice & Men’s entire new album, “Restoring Force,” which was released Jan. 28.
“Give It Away” — Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers briefly hopped on the Super Bowl Halftime Show stage to play this little hit. Sure, everyone’s annoyed with the band’s non-live performance, but at least the vocals were real. Pre-recorded or not, it was a funky, fast change of pace to Bruno Mars’ performance.