Muse, “Dig Down”
Recommended If You Like: Muse’s “Madness”
The biggest single of the week by far. Yes, it’s reminiscent of “Madness,” but it’s still full-on Muse, albeit with less Matt Bellamy guitar (at least until the second half of the song). The whole thing—writing, recording, the music video—was done in less than two months. Is this a taste of a new album? Or does Muse just want to test the waters with new material for an upcoming tour?
Tash Sultana, “Jungle”
Jungle EP (Lonely Island Records)
RIYL: tUnE-yArDs, Yoav, The Luras
Twenty-one-year-old Melbourne singer who is quickly building a worldwide presence. If you believe the hype, she began playing guitar at age 3 and became a self-taught songwriter and “loopologist” (she’s a whiz with pedals and effects). This video shows what I mean. That’s a lot of music for one person to make at the same time.
The Junction, “Changes”
City Nights (Culvert City)
RIYL: Elbow, softer Radiohead, Roxy Music
Long-lived (est. 2000) indie rock band from Brampton, Ontario who did have a major label deal (with Universal) but have been releasing music independently since about 2006. If there is a god, this album—released on the 19th—should propel these guys very, very high.
Cannons, “Toy House”
Written on the Wall (Independent)
RIYL: Bands that share their name with too many others
This is not the chill-wave band from LA nor the rock band from Glasgow. This Cannons (né Autumn Cannon) are a five-piece from Ottawa who have a big sound reminiscent of Big Wreck and The Trews with a little Hip thrown in.
Rancid, “Ghost of a Chance”
Troublemaker (Hellcat Records)
RIYL: Old-school Clash-style punk rock
It’s Rancid doing what Rancid does best in 102 seconds. This will be their ninth studio album. Just sit back and turn it up. The album is due June 9th with a tour to follow. As the band says in the description for this video, “See ya in the pit!”