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  • Hear Kenny Chesney Lament Societal Pressures in 'Rich and Miserable'
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    More than half a century after Mick Jagger first sang, "I can't get no satisfaction," Kenny Chesney takes that sentiment and expands it to money, power, success — all the things we chase, even though they don't guarantee happiness —in his bombastic new song, "Rich and Miserable.""We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows,"This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Hear Kenny Chesney Lament Societal Pressures in 'Rich and Miserable' […]

  • "Raising the Skate"
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    "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," commands frontwoman Sadie Dupuis on the first cut off New England pop-punk outfit Speedy Ortiz's upcoming Foil Deer. While she's not the first alpha female to echo the sentiment, her confrontational enunciation and ironic cooing over the track's grungy, dizzying guitars are Dupuis' own distinct brand of chaos.This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: "Raising the Skate" […]

  • "The Metal East"
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    In their '00s heyday, this Rhode Island noise-punk duo splattered audiences with quick, giddy blasts of DayGlo brutality — usually setting up on the floor right in the middle of the crowd rather than playing from a stage. They're back after a six-year hiatus, hammering away like Sonic Youth gone speed metal to get your reaching for the Advil with a smile on your face. […]

  • "Don't Wanna Fight"
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    The alluringly murky production on the Shakes' new cut evokes the kind of schmutz-caked soul 45 you might discover in a rural junk shop that also sells M-80 explosives and candied hog jowls — the perfect funky feel for Brittany Howard's beef-squashing plea. Over a guitar line that recalls James Brown's "Cold Sweat," she shouts and hollers and hits aThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: "Don't Wanna Fight" […]

  • "One Time"
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    You only live one time, so Migos offer a straightforward strategy for getting the most out of your days on Earth: Avoid repetition. The Atlanta trio affirm that the first cut is the deepest, the first chain is the brightest and first party is the most turnt. Their case adds up to — what else? — a great single.​ […]

  • "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross"
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    Indie folk auteur Sufjan Stevens is already a master at musical vulnerability, but on the first single off his upcoming album Carrie & Lowell — named for his mother and stepfather — Stevens finds a strikingly fresh way to rip open his wounds for the world. On the atmospheric "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross," Stevens is in peak form, meldingThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" […]

  • "Juicy Wiggle"
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    Some cite LMFAO's bottom-shelf novelty hits as everything that's wrong with today's music. "Juicy Wiggle" (from the group's Redfoo) makes the case that pop has been shamelessly silly all along, attempting an unlikely fusion of contemporary EDM and Fifties rock. This is how the hop would have sounded if your grandma knew about Jell-O shots. […]

  • "The Best Room"
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    Eight years have passed since Modest Mouse put out a new album, and if the urgency and absurdity of the Pacific Northwest crew's new single is any indication, frontman Isaac Brock must be crawling out of his skin. It's a frenetic onslaught of paranoia, silliness, endlessly elastic rhythms and swirling guitars — all of which adds up to some classic Modest Mouse.This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: "The Best Room" […]

  • "False Hope"
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    Sleepless, lonely Laura Marling paints a bleak picture: Women go crazy, her neighbors beg for help through the walls and she hears animals dying — it's like a folk-rock Walking Dead, right down to the chilling strings that swell around the song. By the time she reaches the final verse, she asks, "Is it still okay that I don’t know how to be atThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: "False Hope" […]

  • "Black Sun"
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    Death Cab For Cutie's new album is their first without founding member Chris Walla, and their first since frontman Ben Gibbard divorced Zooey Deschanel. So when Gibbard sings, "There's a dumpster in the driveway of all the plans that came undone," you know the sad realness is really real. But when defiantly raw guitar snarls start cuttingThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: "Black Sun" […]