“Stay In My Corner”—The Arcs
Born from Dan Auerbach’s insatiable appetite to create groovy songs with sweet melodies, The Arcs is the latest venture from the guitarist best known for his work with The Black Keys. “Stay In My Corner” is a shimmering standout cut from the group’s debut record, “Yours, Dreamily,” that marries Auerbach’s soulful croon with bright piano and twangy guitars. Look for it on Nonesuch Records starting Sept. 4.
Widowspeak is the dreamy-sounding Brooklyn duo comprised of vocalist Molly Hamilton and guitarist and bassist Robert Earl Thomas. Together with the help of producer Jarvis Taveniere, Widowspeak blends the sounds of country and classic rock into a surprisingly velvety mix of reverb and jangle. “All Yours” is a perfect example of this sonic mastery, and can be found on the group’s third LP, released Sept. 4 on Captured Tracks Records.
On “Why Generation,” FIDLAR poses an age-old question to its listeners: Why do you have to grow up? While the group doesn’t come up with any definitive answers, everything from the sound of this song’s defiantly pop-y chorus to its irresistible hook show that the L.A. skater group has at least found the secret to musical eternal life. Find this track on FIDLAR’s cheekily titled second album, “Too,” available Sept. 4 on Mom + Pop Music.
“Floating On Air”—Dam-Funk feat. Flea & Computer Jay
Bringing the considerable chops of Computer Jay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea under the fold of some intensely nuanced grooves, one-man band, producer and DJ Dam-Funk cultivates a simply transfixing medley of sounds on “Floating On Air.” This seven-minute cut may seem like a daunting listen at first, as each repeated drum hit and bass flourish leaves the listener more dazzled than the last. Find this song on Dam-Funk’s latest record, “Invite The Light,” released Sept 4. on Stones Throw Records.
The end of summer doesn’t necessarily have to mean the end of fun in Cleveland, as local rockers from These Knees are quick to remind listeners on their song, “Pacifica.” Catapulted by lead singer Stephanie Trivison’s crystalline voice and a killer melody, this track is sun-soaked indie rock at its finest. See These Knees at the second annual NEOCycle Fest at Edgewater Park in Lakewood this weekend on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.
Retro Pick of the Week:
“Holiday In The Sun”—Sex Pistols
When “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” dropped in 1977, the world was forever changed by its brash amateurism and the destruction it left in its wake. To simply dismiss the Sex Pistols as loud punk rockers bent on wrecking everything in their path is not inaccurate, but it is a huge mistake. “Holiday In The Sun” shows the group at their athematic best, led by lead singer Johnny Rotten’s rapid, foaming vocal delivery. Simply put, this is some of the greatest, most inspired rock songs of all time.
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.