The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Strand of Oaks, Royksopp & Robyn

As we head into the big holiday weekend, I had my mind on upbeat new tunes this week. But besides Vic Mensa’s “Down On My Luck” still being in my personal rotation weeks after its release, I ended up gravitating more towards moody music than hedonistic bangers. Even the Royksopp and Robyn track I highlight here is a sensual downer. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs of the Week: Röyksopp & Robyn, Christopher Owens

As much as I secretly love Justin Timberlake’s Michael Jackson re-imagination efforts, I fundamentally cannot support yet another posthumous MJ album. Damnit, I just did it anyway. Whatever, there’s better stuff for your ears this week. Some options: … Read More

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Watch the Kings of Leon Cover “Dancing on My Own”

Fun fact: I think there’s something incredibly sexy and gross about Kings of Leon frontman Anthony Caleb Followill’s voice. And this… Read More

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10 Bands That Changed the Sound That Made Them Famous

This week’s most notable release has been Fragrant World, the curiously titled new album from Yeasayer, which came across our desk a couple of weeks back and has been on occasional rotation at Flavorpill central since. Our impressions of the record are that it sounds basically like its predecessor, 2010’s Odd Blood, and thus nothing like the band’s debut, 2007’s All Hour Cymbals. Given the acclaim that their debut received, it’s curious and rather disappointing that Yeasayer have moved away from its wide-eyed eclecticism toward a more conventional sound. Still, they’re hardly the first band to change the sound that brought them to the public’s attention — we’ve put together a selection for your reading delectation after the jump. … Read More

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The Perfect Bands to Suit Your Every Obscure Mood

Most pop songs are about love — falling in it, basking in its glow, getting sick of it, mourning its death, searching anew for it. Considering how much of our emotional energy is devoted to those things, this makes some sense. But what about feelings that have nothing to do with romance? How can those of us who prefer to treat our psychological excesses with music — rather than, say, talk therapy or medication — revel in nostalgia or beat an acute case of anxiety? We’ve made our prescriptions after the jump; be sure to take two, call us in the morning, and tell us what mood-music pairings you’d add in the comments. … Read More

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