French robots owning the radio with super-smooth Seventies disco, a year-old wunderkind repping the mean streets of New Zealand, an angry hip-hop genius going off on corporate racism, Canadian rock redeemers making epic art-disco, HAIM, Drake, Miley, Justin — music in was a hot mess of innovation and blurred genre lines. Anarchy on the hip-hop and pop charts and thrilling new energy in the EDM and indie-rock underground meant picking the best songs amidst all this wasn't easy. But it was fun. Produced by Anthony Gonzalez of French dreamrockers M83, this grandiose ballad is where the Killers ' gigantic Eighty pretensions finally beared poof-haired fruit. When Brandon Flowers sings "Gimme a shot at the night" you almost wonder if you're hearing the title track to a Rocky sequel we all somehow forgot existed. The consolation prize for Sonic Youth 's evaporation has been a flurry of cool solo projects, the most surprising being Ranaldo's. Exhibit A is this comfort-food, Who-flavored jam down, a reminder he was always the classic rock counterbalance to Thurston and Kim's avant-gardening. Footnote: Check out his review of the Dead 's archival Sunshine Daydream for another peek into his personal daydream nation.
Dresses , the Portland-based indie pop up-and-comer, worked their way into our hearts and playlists through a Spotify friend. We instantly loved their sunny single "Blew My Mind," one of those perfect pop songs, a swinging little mini dress of a tune. Also, as if they aren't adorable enough together on stage, the couple is dating. Heller: I was in a band in high school with some boys who went to school with Jared.
Executive produced by his G. The beats snapped hard, the guests including Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross and 2Chainz glittered and the overall vibe was dirty but triumphant. Their relationship with the music industry has often been fractious, so Future Of The Left bit the bullet and asked fans to fund their fourth album via Pledgemusic. The result more than rewarded the generosity.
It feels in some ways like it was an entirely different century. On Friday she will release new music on the same day as yet another woman who was a ruler of the pop roost in Miley Cyrus. For both women their new songs come after periods of relative dormancy, and following less commercially successful albums. Both returns—right as summer begins and Song of Summer lists are drawn up—come with high stakes, and the potential to again find the pop-culture spotlight. On Tuesday Perry announced, somewhat casually for a star of her stature, that she was going to be unveiling a new single—presumably the first from her next album—a few days later. Witness was, by Perry standards, something of a failure. None of the singles she released hit number one—a feat she achieved five times for Teenage Dream, and twice for Prism.