Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click.
But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle. We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.
Here are our top five songs to stream this week. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify page for a playlist of our weekly picks, which can also be found at the bottom of this post.
Grizzly Bear — Three Rings
A slow ambient electronic intro is met by layered vocals and clean drum beats that channel Radiohead percussion on Three Rings, the first new single from acclaimed indie rockers Grizzly Bear since the band’s 2012 album Shields. The song is full of rhythmic overlaps, a three-over-four feel that pervades its entire second half, creating a smooth and rolling sensation in your eardrums.
Wavves — No Shade
Those looking for a warm-weather rock ‘n’ roll single need look no further than Wavves’ latest jam, No Shade, which starts with fuzzed-out guitar and ends with a speedy drum fill. “I’m by my pool/I’m drinking lemonade/No shame,” sings songwriter Nathan Williams on the short and sweet track, which can’t help but transport you to the raucous, action-packed summers of your youth.
Ryan Adams — Outbound Train
Ryan Adams brought a wall of video screens to his recent performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, pulling out all the stops for a live take of Outbound Train from his latest record Prisoner. The nostalgic song begins with just voice and guitar, before being joined by a heavy-hitting drum groove and ’80s-influenced backing guitar, grabbing hold of you in multiple ways during its 4-minute runtime.
Waxahatchee — Shaking Through
Fans get a cool behind-the-scenes view of Alabama power-punk band Waxahatchee in the new video for the band’s recently released single Shaking Through, with various studio performances cut together to form the visual accompaniment for the four-minute track. The band brings an immense amount of energy to the song, with various vocal and guitar layers that form a massive wall of sound throughout.
Heaven— Lonesome Town
Lonesome Town is a powerful and introspective electronic song that would be at home in the credit sequence of David Fincher’s next drama. The first single from new group Heaven, this will also serve as the title track to the band’s first EP.
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