Local Natives – “Heavy Feet”
After getting back in the game with “Breakers,” the LA band has released “Heavy Feet.” It’s an understatedly lovely cut from their forthcoming second album Hummingbird.
AlunaGeorge – “Diver”
In “people who are doing pop music their own way” news, AlunaGeorge are still on track to be this year’s darlings. “Diver” piles glitchy layers and crystalline vocals over a bass-heavy foundation.
Vampire Weekend – “Unbelievers”
The press cycle for Vampire Weekend’s third album is just beginning, so enjoy it before it turns into people getting angry about sweaters for no reason. Here’s the only song the band has publicly unveiled so far, hopefully with more to come soon.
Miles Kane – “Give Up”
British rocker Miles Kane knows how to pack a punch, and he nails it on the short and snarling “Give Up.” As a bonus, this song appears to center around the same basic principle as the classic 30 Rock episode “The Bubble.”
Free Energy – “Girls Want Rock”
It’s usually a bad idea to make assumptions about half of the earth’s population, but I’m pretty sure girls actually do want rock, so Philadelphia’s Free Energy are in the clear.
Total Warr – “Where Is My Mind”
For the forthcoming Loisy EP, this electro-pop duo has remade the Pixies classic with a French accent.
HAIM – “Don’t Save Me”
The LA band just won the BBC Sound of 2013 poll, so get ready to hear more of them if you haven’t already. Guitar pop’s new golden girls are set to make 2013 their year.
NZCA/Lines – “Airlock”
Electro/R&B crooner Michael Lovett opens this track with the line, “Baby, you look so cold.” I’m going to pretend he’s singing about me when I trudge down 14th Street wearing a neon green puffer coat and a displeased expression.
Peter Bjorn and John – “Eyes”
I’m going to keep reminding myself that there are places where it’s even colder, like Sweden.
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