Queens of the Stone Age, “The Way You Used to Do”
Recommended If You Like: Going with the flow
After teasing us for a couple of months, QotSA have finally dropped some new music on us. Villains (due August 25) was produced by Mark Ronson—yes, the guy who made “Uptown Funk” just a huge hit with Bruno Mars. Lest we forget, he also produced records and songs for Amy Winehouse, Adele, Robbie Williams…a lot of pop acts. But this isn’t his first rock rodeo. He’s also worked with Foreigner, Kaiser Chiefs and the Black Lips. Can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album sounds like. Just go with the flow, y’know?
Alvvays, “In Undertow”
Antisocialites (Royal Mountain)
RIYL: Smiths, Magnetic Fields, Teenage Fanclub
Second album (due September 8) from Toronto indie group fronted my Molly Rankin, she of the famous Rankin Family clan. Lovely soaring song that will go good with dreamy summer afternoons. The first record was a huge college radio hit in the US, which puts them in position to capitalize on that momentum.
The Killers, “The Man”
Wonderful Wonderful (Universal)
RIYL: Talking Heads meets Depeche Mode meets Saturday Night Fever
Has it been five years since the last Killers album? No release date yet, but expect something by the fall. They’re referring to it as “still-to-be-completed.” Meanwhile, their record company wants us to believe that this is their “most sonically forward-thinking record yet; an LP bursting with all of the blazing choruses and arena-filling anthems.” Okay, then.
Bedouin Soundclash, “Clock Work”
Single (Pirates Blend/Sony)
RIYL: Chillaxin’ to hipster jazz track
Speaking of bands being AWOL, this is the first Bedouin Soundclash single in seven years. There’s a reason for the slightly jazzy feel to the song. First, the band now includes drummer Chuck Treece. Second, much of the album originated with writing sessions in New Orleans working with the Preservation Hall Jazz Society. They’ve got my attention.
Greta Van Fleet, “Highway Tune”
Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic Records/Universal)
RIYL: Zeppelin if they were born in a swamp
First, this is the name of the band not a person in an all-dude band. Josh Kiszka, the dude out front (and one of three brothers in the band) wavers between sounding like “Welcome to the Jungle”-type Axl Rose and Robert Plant on any dozens of Led Zeppelin songs. Is this what they’re breeding in central Michigan these days? If so, I’ll have more, please.