For the Foxes are coming for your headphones.
For the Foxes were starting The Revolution last time we heard from them. That was back in 2012, and these days the New Jersey band is still ready to rage. With "We're Coming Up," the pop-rock band is buttoning up their dress shirts and hitting the dance floor (sorry, Justin Timberlake -- you're not the only one who can wear a "Suit & Tie"), laying down edgy funk guitars, oh-whoa-oh vocals, and reverb-heavy drums straight out of 1987. It's half festival anthem, half club banger, and totally playlist essential. "I ain't here to waste your time," singer Nick Dungo promises on the sky-high hook, "We're coming up/ and I don't want to come back down." See? Drake's not the only one who "Started From The Bottom."
Listen to For The Foxes' "We're Coming Up" after the jump.
Cloud Cult want to thank you for being a friend.
Cloud Cult are throwing a party for the end of the world -- or at least the end of the workweek. On "Good Friend," the indie act welcomes us with some very Polyphonic Spree-meets-Arcade Fire sounds of laughter, devil-may-care handclaps, and Friday night revelry, conjuring college flashbacks of friends at the door with snacks, drinks, and, um, let's say "greenery." Didn't have friends in college? Think Weezer's "Undone (The Sweater Song)." But the glowing song goes beyond just other apartment bash -- it's an odd, exuberant soundtrack for life after the Mayan almost-apocalypse.
Listen to Cloud Cult's "Good Friend" after the jump.
Nervous Nellie's synth-rock is stage fright-free.
For a band about to make its U.S. debut, Nervous Nellie doesn't sound anxious at all. The Swedish outfit borrows a hot cup of swaggering classic rock influence to pour over its flashy synth-driven hooks, a confident sound that leaves tracks such as "Gloves" sounding like Phoenix and M83 crossed with the Stones' Some Girls. On the Gloves EP, Nervous Nellie explore rapid-fire guitars ("Eaten by Bears"), a Sofia Coppola soundtrack ambiance ("Oh Sweet Berlin"), and big-hearted balladry with the fun.-size "Complicator," a track in love with a mixed-up "American girl."
Listen to Nervous Nellie after the jump.
Alpine burn up the dance floor with their hot new synth-pop jam, "Gasoline."
We've been telling you that Australia is the new Williamsburg for a minute now, but Alpine, the latest in a series of Down Under acts, sound more global than dive bar. The Melbourne sextet's minty fresh synth-pop doubles its pleasure with two lead singers, whose vocals dive and twist around each other like synchronized swimmers. Their new single, "Gasoline," floats with the group's signature combination of airborne melodies and deep synth hits, the rhythm section bumping with dance floor precision. We're getting sweaty just thinking about it.
Listen to Alpine's "Gasoline" after the jump.
Talib Kweli wants you to know where he stands. Hint: look up.
There's no doubting Talib Kweli's lyrical style makes him one of the greats. But just in case you need a visual reminder, the man's bringing it with his video for "Upper Echelon." The mind-melting video's puzzle-piece edits bring together live footage and shots of the MC spitting to the cameras, with Kweli even dropping some 3-D footage as he swags out in movie-theater glasses. (Shout out to "The Hobbit"!)
Watch Talib Kweli's "Upper Echelon" video after the jump.
Warning: spontaneous arm-wrestling battles may occur while listening to Kingsley Flood's brand-new track.
"Good boy, do what Momma says," Kingsley Flood frontman Naseem Khuri begs while kicking off "Pick Your Battles," but the man's not talking about himself. The bluesy rock track crackles with the Spaghetti Western swagger of new-school blues-rock acts such as the certifiably massive Black Keys to recent breakthroughs like Alabama Shakes and up-and-comers such as L.A.'s Vintage Trouble, all rusty mic'd vocals gift-wrapped in barbed wire. One battle we bet the band didn't fight: that opening guitar riff. George Hall's plays like a kid opening Christmas presents -- with a machete.
Listen to Kingsley Flood's "Pick Your Battles" after the jump.
Vato Gonzalez... or Dr. Evil?
It takes one to know one. So when Vato Gonzalez dubs his new track "Cats Are Evil," you know he's on his supervillain swag. The Diplo-approved musician's new banger drags his self-described dirty house to gritty new depths. The song starts minimal before layering up and drilling down into increasingly distorted synths and percussion. The 4/4 drums stomp like angry Transformers, who only break for an oil change and a keyboard hook. (Four minutes of this feels like a week at Burning Man.) As Dr. LCD Soundsystem recommends, the only thing to do here is dance yourself clean.
Listen to Vat Gonzalez's "Cats Are Evil" after the jump.
Hollywood Undead and Black Veil Brides have unseated pop's mightiest divas from the charts.
We've come to expect seeing artists such as Taylor Swift and Adele at the top of the charts -- not that we're complaining. (You look good up there, bbs!) But while we love seeing our favorite divas dominate No. 1, we have to throw up our metal horns when crazy rock 'n' rollers get their shine.
We're talking, of course, about Hollywood Undead and Black Veil Brides: Both made noise on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with their new albums, debuting at No. 2 and No. 7, respectively -- beating out albums from the Les Miserables soundtrack to One Direction. Not even Harry Styles could stop these guys.
Read more about Hollywood Undead and Black Veil Brides after the jump.
Kitty Pryde wants to holler at you, shawty.
Kitty Pryde (or is that Kitty Timberlake?) might be ready to Rage later this month, but first she'll have to get out of bed. She's working on it with rebooted track "Ay Shawty," once subtitled "THE SHREKONING," formerly the sleepiest, prettiest track on the rap upstart's haha i'm sorry EP. Once a blanket of hazy synths and half-awake rhymes, her new version wakes up with a crisper, cleaner beat from Hot Sugar, which puts Ms. Pryde's vocals right up front. "I really want you to want me, I really want to take off with you" she raps to a mystery man, done hiding under the covers.
Listen to Kitty Pryde Featuring Lakutis' "Ay Shawty" after the jump.
Nashville's Satellite has penned an ode to "Brooklyn."
We're always down to hear more about our favorite borough, but Satellite's "Brooklyn" isn't about Jay-Z's new arena. The rootsy song sounds like it'd be more at home in some wild frontier, dueling with outlaws and looking for love in between sarsaparillas. "All I am/ Is another ghost in your bed," frontman Steven McMorran sings on the chorus, before completing the metaphor: "Just give me the chance to bury my dead." With a voice like that, we'd be inclined to give the man a second chance: McMorran eases between cowboy craggy and a keening falsetto, sounding like Bon Iver after a strenuous season of rustling cattle or maybe just wearing a lot of denim.
Listen to Satellite's "Brooklyn" after the jump.