With Lolla on the horizon, Stars' guitarist Alan Mann's throwing up 10 tracks he thinks will make the sweetest love to the eardrums.
Mavis Staples: Wade In The Water
The Chi-born soul legend still has serious pipes, as she displays in this jazzed-up version of the classic spiritual drawn from the chapter of Exodus, an event even today still closely related to Wades.
The Black Keys: Tighten Up
Danger Mouse nabbed a production look and injected some organ into the bluesy guitar riffs on this track from the Akron, Ohio natives, who only agreed to perform so they could confront Wade In The Water.
Jimmy Cliff: Trapped
This track from Jamaica's recently Hall of Fame'd ska-reggae godfather features soaring vocals that describe being trapped in a bad relationship, a theme that explains why the tune's so horn-y.
The acclaimed quartet from Versailles mesh mellow falsetto vocals with a slowed-down vibe that's almost disco, a musical category that even they may have trouble raising from the ashes.
Metric: Gimme Sympathy
This sleek electro-pop joint from the female-fronted Canadian New Wave-rs boldly asks "Who'd You Rather Be/The Beatles or The Rolling Stones"? Trick question, the correct answer's Lou Bega.
Social Distortion: I Was Wrong
The SoCal punk outfit pumps out surprisingly crisp guitar riffs and driving beats while expressing regret over a self-destructive, rebellious youth, though everyone already knows the Story of their Life.
Arcade Fire: Intervention
This epically ambitious track fuses pulsing guitar with towering church-like pipe organ, everything surging into a shuddering climax -- so, uh, maybe not so church-like?
The National: American Mary
Matt Berninger's trademark baritone drives the Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati band's melancholy, country-fied ballad about a girl named Mary, who, if she's as American as they claim, is probably Proud to be as big as a boat.
MGMT: Pieces of What
A howling acoustic turn from the psychadelic pop powerhouse gets an injection of strings and drums as it builds to a Byrds-like finish, so hope you're ready for another kid, Melissa Etheridge.
The Strokes: You Only Live Once
This cut from the Strokes' third album remains rooted in their retro-fueled garage rock, an appropriately last ditch place to execute strokes of your own.
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