Spirit Animal just want you to dance on their new track, "The Black Jack White."
In certain nature-worshiping cultures, a spirit animal is a totem that lends people strength, and whose traits filter down into their own personal characteristics. Our spirit animal, for example, is a really handsome bear in a pair of tight pants reading a New Yorker. The New York four-piece Spirit Animal, on the other hand, channel their power from the entire rock-and-roll forest on their new single, "The Black Jack White."
Listen to Spirit Animal's "The Black Jack White" after the jump.
Tay Dizm's "Club Pack" will have you up in da clurrrb in no time!
Meet Miami's Tay Dizm! He's T-Pain's BFFAE, and you're gonna want to get to know him before he blows up, which we predict should happen within the next 36 hours, give or take. Cementing their bestie status, Tay's appeared on two of T's albums so far: 2005's Rappa Ternt Sanga and 2007's Epiphany. You might also recognize Tay from his 2008 debut single "Beam Me Up," which featured T-Pain and Rick Ross, or perhaps you'll simply recall Tay's mug from his second single, "Dream Girl," featuring Akon. Cut to present day: Tay Dizm is the first artist to sign to T-Pain's brand-new venture, Nappy Boy Digital, and has just unveiled his Young Cash-assisted jam, "Club Pack."
Listen to Tay Dizm's 'Club Pack' featuring Young Cash after the jump.
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.
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.
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.
The Bronx is back with a brand-new rock anthem.
Half a decade ago, Los Angeles punk band The Bronx traded in their amps for Spanish guitars on a pair of surprisingly authentic albums under their Mariachi El Bronx moniker. The Bronx (IV) will be the group's first album under its original name in five years, and their Mexican holiday hasn't dulled their edge. With a full-frontal attack that lands between the Foo Fighters' alternative assault and The Black Keys' bluesy swagger, the electric "Youth Wasted" doesn't miss a beat announcing The Bronx's triumphant, highly evolved (and highly anticipated) return to rock.
Listen to The Bronx's "Youth Wasted" after the jump.
We Came As Romans give fans something to "Hope" for.
Fresh off the heels of "Let These Words Last Forever" lyric video, We Came As Romans are back with another new song. (And just in time too, because you're going to want to learn the words before you howl your way through WCAR's live set on the upcoming Take Action Tour.)
"Hope," the second of three new tracks appearing on the deluxe reissue of Understanding What We've Grown To Be (Jan. 8), is a taste of what's to come from the bands' progression towards their forthcoming third record.
Listen to We Came As Romans' "Hope" after the jump.
ON AN ON are bringing vocoders back.
We've been vocoder fans since stumbling onto "Mr. Blue Sky" in our dad's record collection, so we're glad to hear our favorite sci-fi vocal effect making a comeback in ON AN ON's "The Hunter." (Holler at you later, Auto-Tune.) But it's the only retro move on the Chicago/Minneapolis indie band's new single, which explodes with synthesizer fireworks and speaker-frying bass. The track was produced, mixed, and mastered by studio genius Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Los Campesinos!), which means its epicness will no doubt rival a season of "Game of Thrones."
Listen to ON AN ON's "The Hunter" after the jump.
The Maine covers Cyndi Lauper's classic "Girls Just Want To Have Fun."
It's not even Christmas, but Santa's already gifted us with a full stocking of punk covers. We've been so good! The latest is The Maine's take on Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." In the Arizona rockers' hands, the carefree '80s anthem becomes a devastating guitar scorcher that wouldn't feel out of place during a breakup scene of a John Hughes movie. It's a complete reboot of the Lauper track, with the original's bouncy hooks twisted into a wounded melody and the synthesizers traded in for smoldering amps. There's serious anguish when John O'Callaghan sings, "Daddy dear, you're still No. 1," and a winter chill when the song's title line rolls off his tongue. Brrrr. He gets an assist from Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazzara, who adds his own bellow to the clattering chorus.
Listen to The Maine's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" cover featuring Adam Lazzara after the jump.