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Playlist of the Week: Sept. 25

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

September 25, 2015

"The Yabba”—Battles Listening to Battles is to hear the sound of three guys—John Stanier, Ian Williams and Dave Konopka—who are beyond excited to create music together. “The Yabba” is proof; a seven-minute rollercoaster ride of infectious grooves and constantly changing textures that dr...

Playlist of the Week: Sept. 18, 2015

Playlist of the Week: Sept. 18, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

September 18, 2015

“Grinder”—Gary Clark Jr. Blues is one of the oldest and most American genres of music, and as time has passed, many musicians fear that the genre is on the verge of dying out. On “Grinder,” however, Texan guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. dispels those predictions by imbuing the blues with an elec...

Playlist of the Week: Sept. 11

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2015

“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 ...

Playlist of the Week: September 4, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2015

“S.O.B.”—Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you hear a song with a groove so infectious you just have to get out of your seat and dance. “S.O.B.” is one such song: a romping, stomping break-up anthem penned by Denver crooner Nathaniel Rateliff and his band, Th...

Playlist of the Week: August 28, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

August 28, 2015

“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 ...

Playlist of the Week: Essentials of Summer 2015 Edition

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

August 21, 2015

“Losing Touch”—Albert Hammond Jr. Readers beware: The title of “Losing Touch,” the latest single from guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., is a bit of a misnomer. Since shifting his focus away from The Strokes toward his own solo career, Hammond Jr. has only sharpened his skills as a songwriter ...

Playlist of the week: July 3, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

July 3, 2015

“Money Over Love”—Bilal Feat. Kendrick Lamar “I rock that box on credit,” snarls Bilal as he channels the narrative falsetto and vintage soul sounds of Curtis Mayfield on “Money Over Love.” One of the highlights off the R&B boss’s latest record, “In Another Life,” this psychede...

Playlist of the Week: June 5, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

June 8, 2015

“Don’t Misunderstand”—Melody Gardot Embracing the smoky sounds of West Coast soul on her latest release, Melody Gardot channels the organic cool and earthy funkiness of artists like recent Rock Hall inductee Bill Withers on “Don’t Understand.” Slithering in and out of spectral strings an...

Playlist of the Week: May 15, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2015

“Island”—Surfer Blood Returning to their indie rock roots on their latest album, “1000 Palms,” “Islands” is a tuneful highlight of fuzzed-out pop goodness from Surfer Blood. Marrying a strong, Beatle-esque melody with guitars that alternate between jangling and chugging, this song is a nece...

Playlist of the Week: April 24, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2015

“Raising the Skate”—Speedy Ortiz “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,” sings Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis on “Raising the Skate,” the second track from the Massachusetts quartet’s new album “Foil Deer.” As unabashedly feminist as it is catchy, this tune will keep you on their toes wi...

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