The 25 Best Songs We Heard Last Month
Augustines, "Kid You're On Your Own"
The Brooklyn trio's whole album Augustines is fantastic, like War-era U2 with bonus folk inflections. I can tell it's going to be one where I have a different favorite track every couple of weeks; right now it's "Kid You're On Your Own." JOHN SEABORN GRAY
Aloe Blacc, "The Man"
Is this the greatest song ever? No. Do I even remotely care? No. This is the kind of song you listen to in the car with the windows down on a sunny day, riding the breeze with your hand. It's easy, and sometimes easy is good. SELENA DIERINGER
Chromeo and Toro y Moi, "Come Alive"
When you heap a duo as funky and disco-fab as Chromeo over reigning kings of chillwave Toro y Moi, something perfect is born. "Come Alive" is all synth and funk, a cooler version of Daft Punk's megahit "Get Lucky" with way more disco madness. The song basically demands you to dance; just don't listen to it in the car. ANGELICA LEICHT
Cloud Nothings, "I'm Not Part of Me"
After Cloud Nothings' fantastic full-band debut album Attack on Memory, my worries about the Cleveland trio keeping up the same standard without Steve Albini's production were completely unfounded. Their newest record Here and Nowhere Else kicks just as much ass on a number of songs, but the one that hits me the most is "I'm Not Part of Me." It's just a perfect example of what this band does best: loud rock songs with insanely catchy hooks. COREY DEITERMAN
Johnny Cash, "Out Among the Stars"
The opening line is perfect ("It's midnight at a liquor store in Texas"), the message of hard-won redemption is universal and, in Johnny Cash's voice-of-God baritone, even believable. Hard to believe an album like Out Among the Stars could be all but forgotten until just recently -- except considering the priorities and tastes of mid-'80s Nashville, perhaps -- but in hindsight it makes a perfectly logical prologue to Cash's Rick Rubin-sparked renaissance about a decade later. CHRIS GRAY
The Colourist, "Say You Need Me"
I'm a sucker for male/female vocal interplay, and the Colourist -- after hearing their full-length release and seeing them live -- are a good band who flirt with being great. I feel like all the pieces are there, and sometimes, like on "Say You Need Me," they all come together and it's just delightful. Put this on and dance with me in your office chair. It'll be fun. CORY GARCIA
Mac DeMarco, "Brother"
This is a song that draws you in without your ever realizing it, which is part of why I dig it so much. DeMarco's vocals feel glassy and dazed, a style that plays perfectly with the eerie guitars screeching alongside them. It's easy to get lost in his mellow, surfy sound. ANGELICA LEICHT
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