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Going Steady: New Singles Thursday, March 12th, 2020, Reviewed




Weightless – Active Child – quasi classical, haunting background and soft blown dreamless daydream – B-

Don’t Slack (from Trolls World Tour) – Anderson .Paak, Justin Timberlake – Anderson’s best since 2016 is also Justin’s best since 2013: a straight up funk dance workout… cool beans – A-

Sulfur Surrounding – Code Orange – classic hardcore band, scream and shout wit a quasi John Barry musical dynamic – B

Anytime – Country Westerns – terrific indie rocker as though the 2010s never happened

Hyper Vigilance – DRAIN, Taylor Young – Hardcore, heads down, Santa Cruz riff monsters – B+

High Horse – Early James – Americana confessional – C

The Difference – Flume, Toro Y Moi – Flume is an arriviste tech producer, Toro adds some soulful indie cred – B-

Cold Summer – Georgia Maq – alt rock band Camp Cope leader with a beautifully sung, fully realized, indie folk acoustic song  – B+

I Will Not Change My Ways – Jack Colwell, Owen Pallett – Owen’s production makes this low key Americana sound more like a neo-classical mash up – B

none of this matters – Kemba – alt rapper with skills galore from the Bronx, a calm and fluent flow – B

I’m So Tired – jennylee – Warpaint’s bassist (and singer), covers Fugazi in a world of distracted horror plus a slow fade to black – B+

Oprah’s Bank Account (Lil Yachty & DaBaby feat. Drake) – Lil Yachty, DaBaby, Drake – Lil Yachty at his pop best plus the biggest star in rap and the second in command on a very funny and very clever hook lined hit revolving around a great metaphor…plus da baby as Oprah??? Check it out below

Hold That Thought – Local H – Steve Albini producing the grunge era duo, which means this is how they want to be heard – B-

Torch – M. Ward – better than the first single, a low key, melodic Americana track – B

Twinkle Twinkle – Margo Price -one of her lesser efforts, a blues country rocker with no distinguishable marks – C+

Rubbernecker – Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – great little garage rocker – B+

Ponytail – PINS – post-punk, buzzed goodie via the UK, plus synth lines galore – B

Processed By The Boys – Protomartyr – post punk comes across as sludge metal – B

Danger – RDGLDGRN, Nitty Scott, Alexandra Stan -impressive art rap – B

What is Compassion? – Savak – agitprop alt-rock by one of the best alt rock bands around – B+

Staring at a Mountain – Sharon Van Etten – folk ballad from an upcoming movie

Alex Trebek – The Fleshtones – There was a time in 1983 when the Fleshtones were the greatest band in the world for a week, now they are just a longstanding garage rock band with a sense of humor – B+

The Mall  – Tim Burgess – the Charlatans lead singer, not as good for the clever, clever, “Empathy For The Devil” but it goes the post-Brit-pop deal done – B

Think I’ll Stay – Westerman – synth pop big emote – C+

Small Black Reptail – Wire – less post-punk and more a guitar fuzzed alt rocker – B

Waking Up Down – Yaegi – an electronic and dance oriented singer songwriter track with a finger snapping op beat – B

Kerosene! – Yves Tumor – a post-punk roar of guitar licks and wailing vocals – B

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