5 songs you need to stream this week: Wilco, Jamie Lidell and more

best songs to stream july 15 2016 jamie lidell
Nicole Nodland
Every week, there are hundreds of thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves. It’s too much for just your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks worthy of 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 5 songs to stream this week — and remember to subscribe to our Spotify playlist for all of our weekly picks.

Wilco — Locator

The first new single in 12 months from cult-beloved alt-country band Wilco, Locator was released this week as a free download to fans in celebration of the one year anniversary of the band’s ninth studio album, Star Wars. A rambling roots rocker that is rhythmically disparate throughout its two-and-a-half-minute run time, the song is classic Wilco — right down to the harmonized vocals on the chorus, and the fast end-tune fade.


Jamie Lidell — Walk Right Back

The first bars of pop singer Jamie Lidell’s latest cut Walk Right Back grabs you by the back of your neck, jolting your senses with its catchy, inspirational beat. Balancing itself right in the sweet spot between a beat-tape head bopper and a Z100 single, the song comes off as something Michael Jackson might have released if he was bursting onto the scene in 2016. Everyone knows the world needs more enticing beat-breaks to be followed by clear, effective pop choruses, but there’s a shortage of musicians who are actually able to give the people what they want.


Jones — Melt

An acoustic version of British soul singer Jones’ latest single Melt popped up online this week, offering fans an awesomely stripped-down single to chew on. The fully produced version is still great, but there’s something about how the electric guitar plays with her mellow, reverb vocals that makes this one feel more special — a masterclass in classy, late-night jams.


Beach Baby — U R

New Wave Londoners Beach Baby put out their latest Summer-themed single this week, complete with a five-part music video documenting “The Five Stages of Break-Up Grief” via a character named Lily. Anthemic and compelling — even without the extremely well-shot video — the new single is exactly the kind of thing you’ll want to pop on before a casual weekend jog.


Big Thief with Luke Temple — Mother

The best songwriters never rest, and such is the case with up-and-coming Brooklyn band Big Thief. Having released the intimate and near-perfect debut album Masterpiece earlier this summer, the band shared a new collaboration with songwriter Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic) this week, an extended jam called Mother which comes complete with mid-song break down. Produced as part of Philadelphia-based Weathervane Music’s non-profit mission to show bands’ creative processes, the song was released alongside a documentary following the day the band spent in the studio.

Weathervane Music

That’s it for now, but check back every week for more new tunes to stream!


Best alternatives to Google’s preinstalled Android apps

Want to get away from Google's preinstalled Android apps, such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Maps? These are the best alternatives to the apps that come with your phone, which are pretty great, but not for everybody.
Social Media

Spice up your Instagram videos by adding your top tunes to the soundtrack

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

Choosing which apps to download is tricky, especially given how enormous and cluttered the Google Play Store has become. We rounded up 100 of the best Android apps and divided them neatly, with each suited to a different occasion.

Need a new tablet? Here are the best Apple iPad deals for August 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for August 2019.

Tune in to the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

Even in the streaming era, radio stations get some of the best exclusives and curate some of the finest handpicked playlists around. Here are the best internet radio stations, for your listening pleasure.
Home Theater

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 vs. QC35 II: Are Bose’s newest headphones worth it?

The Bose Noise Cancelling 700 are the company's new flagship headphones, but how do they stack up to their older, still-beloved, QC35 II model? We compare both pairs of headphones in terms of features, performance, and sound.

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Home Theater

The best MP3 players of 2019 cram tons of music into a small package

Want to go for a run, but your phone is weighing you down? Don't sweat it. Can't fit your whole music library on your smartphone? No worries. Check out our list of the best MP3 players, and find one that works for you.

What is hi-res audio and how can you experience it right now?

High-resolution audio has gone from audiophile novelty to mainstream attraction, but understanding it isn’t easy. Here’s what “hi-res” really means for you, and why you shouldn’t just brush it off as another marketing gimmick.
Home Theater

Get the most boom for your buck with the best headphones under $100

Everybody wants a bargain, and this list has a bunch. For those looking for a solid set of headphones without spending a big stack of cash, this list is your ultimate guide. Check out our picks for the best headphones under $100.
Home Theater

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 vs. Sony WH-1000XM3: Which headphones should you buy?

Sony's WH-1000XM3 were considered the high watermark in noise-canceling headphones when they came out last year, but now Bose is back with an intriguing new pair. How do the Bose Noise Cancelling 700 stack up against Sony's best? Let's find…

Don’t let spotty Wi-Fi keep you from Spotify. Here's how to download your songs

Did you know you can download up to 3,333 songs on your device with Spotify Premium? The process is incredibly straightforward, too, and literally takes seconds. Here's how to do it.
Home Theater

Looking to add songs from SoundCloud to your music collection? Here's how

Have you found a great new artist on SoundCloud and want to add their tracks to your music collection? It's not always easy, so to make your life easier, here's our guide showing you how to download songs from SoundCloud.

Find out everything you need to know about video-making and sharing app TikTok

TikTok, the latest video craze, is a free app for iOS and Android that specializes in 15-second, musically oriented videos. Check out musical genres like hip-hop, EDM, pop, rock, and country, tailored to various viewing categories.