Playlist of the Week: April 3, 2015

“Dream Lover”—The Vaccines
The biggest British band you have probably never heard of, The Vaccines, are four platinum-selling blokes from West London that mix the fuzz of The Black Keys with the swagger of the Arctic Monkeys and the cool of The Strokes. “Dream Lover” is the newest dark and poppy single off of the group’s yet to be released third album, “English Graffiti.” Look for it May 26 on Columbia Records.

“Billy Not Really”—Death Grips
If asked to describe the sound of experimental hip-hop group Death Grips in one word, “schizophrenic” may be the first that comes to mind. The dissonant keyboard samples and complex rhythmic raps of Stefan Burnett (also known by his stage name, Ride) seem to skip and skid off of every sonic surface, making the listener sprint just to catch up with “Billy Not Really.” Although there is still some uncertainty about their status as a band, it is nice to hear Death Grips back doing what they do best on their newest double album, “The Powers That Be,” out March 31 on Third World Records.

“Spring (Among The Living)”—My Morning Jacket
“Boy, I was ready for spring,” croons My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James on the group’s latest single, “Spring (Among The Living).” The sentiment of this tune is certainly one that many Clevelanders can identify with, as this sprawling, six-minute epic finds My Morning Jacket perfectly at home amongst intricate guitar work, thundering drums and ethereal harmonies while they shake off the shackles of winter. “Spring (Among The Living)” joins nine other tracks on “The Waterfall,” out May 15 on Capitol Records.

“Something Good”—Dead Sara
“Something Good” represents a soulful change of pace for hard rockers Dead Sara, a group known for their love of loud guitars and the snarl of lead singer Emily Armstrong. While both of these signature elements are present in spades on this new track, the flavor of “Something Good” is distinctly different, more like Alabama Shakes and Paramore than previous work. Dead Sara’s latest, “Pleasure To Meet You” is out March 31 on Pocket Kid Records.

“Way She Moves”—Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
After being kicked out of both Stone Temple Pilots and rock supergroup Velvet Revolver due to drug-related problems, Scott Weiland is back with The Wildabouts, a group that mixes the psychedelic glam of his vocals with robust blues-rock. The tune “Way She Moves” in particular calls to mind the riff from T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On),” conjuring up a healthy supply of classic rock vibes. These vibes are particularly bittersweet, however, as guitarist Jeremy Brown passed away on March 30. Rock out to the group’s first album, “Blaster,” in his memory, available on Softdrive Records March 31.

Retro Pick of the Week:
“I’ve Seen All Good People”—Yes
Yes are the definitive British progressive rock band, painting vast musical tapestries filled with gorgeous melodies and virtuosic playing. “I’ve Seen All Good People” is just one song in their catalog that displays those, marrying a dainty folk melody with resplendent acoustic guitar before transforming into a guitar-driven jam. With progressive rock having vanished almost completely from the mainstream of music, bands like Yes are an essential musical touchstone for those curious about the genre’s origins and rock and roll in the 1970s.

Teddy Eisenberg is a third-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.