Lady Antebellum gets happy on new single “Downtown”

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Lady Antebellum

Downtown

With old rival Taylor Swift currently occupied with conquering the pop world, Lady Antebellum is still serving up slices of Nashville country like there’s no tomorrow.

Rolling with stabs of Hammond organ and gentle curls of pedal steel, Downtown may just be the warmest song this side of the sun, refusing to be dampened even by the hilariously cringeworthy video banter.

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Previously unheard Hendrix track, “Somewhere” finally released

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Jimi Hendrix

Somewhere

Recorded some time between 1968 and 1969 and produced by longtime friend Eddie Kramer, previously unheard tracks by musical icon Jimi Hendrix have now been released as part of a new collection, People, Hell & Angels.

“Somewhere”, the first cut off the record, is Hendrix as we’ve all missed him: funked up and fuzzed out blues rock placed on top of fluid rhythms and completed by a blistering, finger shredding guitar solo.

People, Hell & Angels is released today

Birds of Tokyo aim for stadiums on new single “White Leaves”

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Birds of Tokyo

“White Leaves” 

 

Ever the purveyors of stadium singalongs, the just released cut from Birds of Tokyo’s new record is as gently anthemic as they come.

Led by the relentless stomp of the kick drum, the 8 minute track swallows up Ian Kenny’s delicate tenor in waves of guitar and keyboards and races onwards and upwards until it’s somewhere just north of the sun.

Seth Sentry covers Frenzal Rhomb for Like A Version

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Seth Sentry

Punch In The Face 

(Like a Version cover) 

 

Taking on an Australian punk classic by Frenzal Rhomb, Mebourne MC Seth Sentry strips away the thrash but adds some lax attitude when he appeared on Triple J’s Like A Version last Friday. 

Featuring some phenomenal scratch and spin on the decks, Sentry saunters his way through and manages to sound bitter and cynical without screaming a word. 

 

Fall Out Boy thrash it out on their first single since 2009

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Fall Out Boy

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) 

 

The former poster boys of emo may have aged biologically in the years between singles (their last came way back in 2009), but the teenage angst is still front and centre in this scream of pop metal.

Offering lyrics straight from his high school diary, Patrick Stump goes for Kiss-esque howls over the tight, vanilla fuzz.

Save Rock & Roll is released April 15

The Strokes return to the fold with “All The Time”

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The Strokes

All The Time

The screaming synth curveball that was The Strokes first single “One Way Trigger” tested the mettle of not a few fans, but luckily for them “All The Time” is a cut straight from the back catalogue, circa 2001.

Julian Casablancas abandoes the falsetto this time around and leads a tight, fuzzed out rock track through its paces. There are no fancy hooks or tricks here, but it does the job just the same.

Comedown Machine is released 26 March

Abbe May leaves planet earth with T.R.O.U.B.L.E

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Abbe May

T.R.O.U.B.L.E. 

 

Australia’s reigning queen of weird indie pop has released another track off her upcoming record – a slow burn of vocal yelps and deadened beats.

Lacking in a killer hook but nonetheless arresting, “T.R.O.U.B.L.E” goes for high drama amidst floating vocal lines and doomsday synths.

 

Kiss My Apocalypse is due for release in May