Steve Horowitz: How many white male athletes does it take to make a Panic! At the Disco video? Don’t forget to carry the light-skinned grey lady. Give up? That’s because the band is victorious. Pour the champagne over our bods and celebrate. Now I never expected profundity from this band, and though in the past I swore they seemed more ambitious than this. Still, we all need music to party and make merry with. If that’s all you need, it’s here. Woo hoo! [6/10]
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London-based singer-songwriter Tara Priya has been steadily making a name for herself with her brand of R&B-infused pop, and recently released her new EP Friends Like These. The American’s latest single, the sassy “Who That” blends a graceful funk beat, strings, classic ‘60s soul, and a wickedly catchy whistling hook and draws the listener in immediately. It’s a pop gem, and you can listen to the new radio mix—a punchier, more insistent version of what you hear on the EP—below.
Dustin Ragucos: Aside from being great music to set up a trailer for a new Grand Theft Auto game, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” will allow one to remember Kanye West’s great “Good Life” and then almost immediately forget about its existence. The vocals and electronics are so attached to each other that stripping one of those factors will rip the life force from the track. The song gets dirty, but listeners will feel their grimy lives cleansed by the Persuasions samples. [9/10]
Kevin Korber: Manic and soulful, Franklin James Fisher is proclaiming the end of times while pointing a finger at the bastards who brought it about. His fiery vocals vocals infuse a unique life into Algiers’ mechanical post-punk. [8/10]
Calgary, Alberta band Chron Goblin have been steadily gaining momentum over the last few years, their brand of psychedelic heavy rock improving with each new release. Their fourth album Backwater finds the band’s sound crystallizing to the point where these guys lock themselves into a ferocious groove and keep listeners riveted. Which, if you play this swaggering style of music, is crucial: in command, but loose. Like David Wooderson. You hear it in Chron Goblin’s new track “Give Way”.
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