The Killers are having a rough breakup in "Just Another Girl."
"I can feel the cracks in my spirit starting to bust," The Killers' Brandon Flowers sings in the first verse of "Just Another Girl," a line that lets you know the title lady's anything but.
A song about trying to move on and not quite getting there, "Just Another Girl" finds Flowers getting good advice that he just can't take (ironic!). The band shows its sensitive side, staying acoustic for the chorus before synths maneuver over the track like the Blue Angels.
Listen to The Killers' "Just Another Girl" after the jump.
EDM master Steve Aoki created a grimy remix of Bonnie McKee's pop anthem "American Girl."
If you've ever heard Bonnie McKee's "American Girl," then you don't need us to tell you that her jam deserves the No. 1 slot on our "Uptempo Pop Songs That Get Us Through Our Morning Commute" playlist. (Bonnie's famous friends Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Ke$ha, Macklemore, and Lance Bass would probably agree, even if their commutes are presumably way more pleasant.)
So what's the only way to reinterpret a record that needs absolutely zero tweaks? Flip it on its head and turn it into a thumping, pulsating EDM masterpiece! And the man for the job? Los Angeles electro/EDM remixer extraordinaire Steve Aoki.
Listen to Steve Aoki's remix of Bonnie McKee's "American Girl."
The Swellers keep the pop-punk revival going in their new song, "Should."
Sure, it might be getting trendier these days, but in reality, pop punk has been alive and well ever since its inception. One of the bands quietly plying their pop-punk trade (although you might not call 1 million plus views on their videos "quiet") is Flint, Mich.'s The Swellers.
The band, whose last two records made waves on Fueled By Ramen, is set to release their fourth LP, The Light Under Closed Doors, this October on No Sleep Records. As drummer Jonathan Diener told us, the more things change, the more things stay the same, which is especially true of the band's brand-new single, "Should."
Listen to should and read an interview with Diener after the jump.
Neo Geo refuse to conform on their new single, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."
Orange County rockers Neo Geo might translate to "New Earth," but don't expect their music to sound like anything Enya wrote. Creating dark, synthy, guitar-heavy, No Doubt-meets-Paramore-meets-Evanescence tracks like "Sex Robot" and "Can't Catch Me" (best heard on their 2011 self-titled debut), the edgy five-piece outfit is back with a brand-new single, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," slated to appear on their forthcoming sophomore full-length, Digital DNA, dropping Oct. 22 on Hardline Entertainment.
Listen to Neo Geo's "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" after the jump.
We Came As Romans explore a rock-ready sound on "I Survive."
Judging by their "Let These Words Last Forever" lyric video, and their Understanding What We've Grown to Be reissue, we've grown accustomed to the scorched-earth approach from We Came As Romans. But on their third full-length album, Tracing Back Roots, out July 23 on Equal Vision Records, and their new song, "I Survive," there's a whole other side of the band on display.
Listen to We Came As Romans' "I Survive" after the jump.
Itch and Adam Lazzara stand up for the abused in "Homeless Romantic."
We're not ones to judge a book by its cover, but with a name like "Itch," it's not that surprising to find a hotheaded activist-rapper with zero intentions of sitting still. Jonny "Itch" Fox is a total livewire MC who used to shout tales of London's dispossessed with the U.K. punk band The King Blues, but has since turned to hip-hop to express his vision of empowering the downtrodden. And his new single, "Homeless Romantic" featuring Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazzara, proves that the dude knows a thing or two about combining spitfire verses with raw punk ethos.
Listen to Itch's "Homeless Romantic" after the jump.
WALLA make synthy, romantic promises on "Crazy World."
Los Angeles synth-pop outfit WALLA have only a short time left together. No, we're not being dramatic: Each member is actually from a different part of the world -- Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea, and Mexico/El Salvador. And to make things even trickier, three WALLA members are in the U.S. on student visas, which as you know, tend to run out. (Just watch the ill-fated transcontinental love movie "Like Crazy." Or, on second thought, don't watch it. Not if you want to drown in used tissues.)
But don't cry for them, Argentina -- student visas won't stop WALLA from prepping their second EP in seven months, Nature, or from releasing a brand-new single: "Crazy World."
Listen to WALLA's "Crazy World" after the jump.
Indie-punk trio Mixtapes are satisfied with being "Happy & Poor" on their brand-new single.
Money can't buy happiness, right? RIGHT?!?! Well, according to Cincinnati indie-punk outfit Mixtapes, it can't. Even if that means eating a lot of Top Ramen and sleeping without a bed frame. But if you're young and plan to enter the music business, then it's kind of a given that you'll have to be poor for a while -- at least until you hit it big, join a major label, and start getting invited to all kinds of swaggy award shows. But on the other hand, not every band measures success by how much cash they have lining the drawers -- a concept Mixtapes know all about on their new track, "Happy & Poor."
Listen to Mixtapes' "Happy & Poor" after the jump.
Black Taxi heat things up in "House on Fire."
Black Taxi's "House on Fire" is a signature slice of the new breed of stadium electro-pop: a track that combines spiky dance-punk guitars with M83 synth intensity and a fun.-size chorus. (Not to mention the horn break.) With all this below him, frontman Bill Mayo floats on, opening up his heart: "I just want to get along/ Like a house on a fire," he sings. With the chorus' fight against loneliness under way, the title image evokes the crackling home of Charlie Kaufman's movie "Synecdoche, New York" -- in that case, a metaphor for Philip Seymour Hoffman's character's internal instability, but here it's something more hopeful.
Listen to Black Taxi's "House On Fire" after the jump.
Middle Class Rut are back and bringing the rock on their new track, "No More."
Middle Class Rut's "No More" opens with the heaviness we've come to expect from the Sacramento hard rockers, diving right in with levee-breaking drums and electric guitars the size of the Hoover Dam. All that pressure explodes in the lyrics: "You took this love and you tore it apart!" guitarist Zack Lopez bellows. It sounds like a bad romance, but dude's shutting that down: "No more," he repeats to close out the chorus. Way to respect yourself, fellas. With its throat-shredding vocals and full-on rock assault, the song sounds like Perry Ferrall jamming with Soundgarden -- not bad for a two-man crew.
Listen to Middle Class Rut's "No More" after the jump.