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Hear the late-season summer song vibes of Ugly Kids Club's 'I Wanna Be Bad'

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Nashville duo Ugly Kids Club—singer Aliegh Shields and producer Steve Wilson—cite noisy underground duos like Sleigh Bells and Crystal Castles as some of their main influences, but on their new single “I Wanna Be Bad” mixes in a lot of Top 40 pop sugar with their high-density electronics. The result sounds a little like Katy Perry fronting a digital reproduction of an ’80s arena rock band, and although it’s coming in a little late in the season, it might have just enough summer song vibes to make you forget that fact.

Their album Head Games is out Sept. 30.

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Field Guides jangle on with 'Lisa Loeb Probably Never Pierced Her Ears'

Plenty of bands right now are tapping into the ’90s for inspiration, but few can provoke a full-on Clinton-era flashback like Brooklyn’s Field Guides. The first single off their upcoming debut LP Boo, Forever (out Nov. 11 on Muir Woods) not only nails the jumpy, jangle-heavy sound that about a million twee-pop bands took up in the wake of the influential C86 compilation, its title’s oblique reference to a mainstream-compatible alternative rock star perfectly nails the combination of snark and sublimated fame worship that indie rockers at the time were all about.

Along with sharing their new song with EW, they’ve also made us a playlist that shows off their ambitious and eclectic listening habits.

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Arum Rae delivers danceable, frills-free rock on 'Let's Shake'

When Berklee-trained singer-songwriter Arum Rae was being courted by a major label last year, the former Austin, Texas resident (currently located in Brooklyn) booked recording time for a demo with Jim Eno, the drummer and producer for Spoon who helped develop the punchy, minimalist aesthetic that’s become one of that band’s defining characteristics. The deal never came through, and Rae is now presenting the demos as an EP (her second this year) of “lost” recordings.

Waving Wild comes out Nov. 4. Its lead single, “Let’s Shake,” is a bracing, stripped-down, full-speed-ahead reminder that, oh yeah, rock ‘n’ roll is dance music at heart.

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Hear a 'Sons of Anarchy' star cover 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)'

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Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter informed fans at Comic-Con that the show’s final ride will be too bumpy for Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) to take a timeout for another gig as an Elvis impersonator. But here’s a consolation for those wanting to hear Boone sing again—and it’s for a good cause.

Timed to the premiere of the FX drama’s seventh and final season, Rock the Cause Records will release Boone’s cover of the Sonny Bono-penned classic “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” featuring producer/singer/songwriter Kevin Bowe to iTunes on Sept. 9. Net proceeds of the song will benefit the nonprofit label, which has raised more than a million dollars for various charities, to help support the organization’s internal operating expenses. EW has the premiere below. READ FULL STORY

Hear the anthemic post-punk of Wampire's 'The Amazing Heart Attack'

Wampire’s Bazaar is one of the more ambitious rock records of the year. Over the course of just nine songs the Portland quintet (formerly a duo comprised of primary songwriters Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps) touches on at least a dozen of rock history’s more interesting stylistic movements, including glam, psych, bubblegum, New Wave, and whatever you want to call the enthusiastically quirky prog-pop of ’70s-era groups like Sparks. The opening track “The Amazing Heart Attack” alone pulls together pounding rockabilly drums, steely postpunk guitars, and the headbanging anthemic quality of classic Pixies, setting a high bar that they spend the rest of the album clearing with apparent ease.

Bazaar is out Oct. 7. You can pre-order here.

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Watch Una Lux's 'Simon' video, where Caravaggio meets Portishead

NYC-based four-piece Una Lux are a more aesthetically ambitious group than the average indie band, as likely to throw around references to Baroque painters and avant-garde film directors as they are to Pink Floyd and Portishead. The group’s guitarist Matteo Liberatore, who directed the video for their new single “Simon,” says that the clip “is filled with homage. We tried to reference Vittorio Storaro’s use of lighting in ‘The Last Emperor,’ some of the poses in Caravaggio portraits, and the parapsychology of David Lynch’s films, and then we cut it like French New Wave.” The finished product’s studied arrangements of bodies and light are both formal and faintly surreal, making it a fitting match for a song that balances sequenced electronic sounds with singer Kelso Norris’ sensuous vocals.

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Christian Gregory's 'Won't Get Nowhere' video: a soul-drenched slugfest

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The number of new artists working in the style of classic soul musicians like Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers has reached the point where we can safely call it a deluge, but British singer Christian Gregory sets himself apart with a knack for graceful, clean-lined melodies that’s considerably tougher to learn than how to dial in a convincingly vintage-sounding electric piano part. His new single “Won’t Get Nowhere” is chicly minimalist, but some bold application of delay effects gives it an intriguingly spacey quality and a slightly chilly feel that contrasts with its comforting soul hooks. For such a mellow song, the pugilistic theme of its video might seem jarring, but Gregory—an avid muay thai fighter—is adept at finding compelling contrasts.

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Hear Sirma's classical-influenced electronic pop on her EP 'Instincts'

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Turkish singer Sirma is only 24 years old, but she has already lived several different lives in music. She began her career early on as a classically trained pianist, transitioned into jazz singing in high school, recorded with Akon and Keri Hilson as the Turkish representative on the official 2010 World Cup theme, and joined an experimental rock band in Boston before finally striking out on her own. You can hear echoes of her former musical ventures here and there on her new EP Instincts, but its main focus is juxtaposing elegant pop hooks with aggressive electronics and an intriguing hint of Turkish classical music.

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Watch Buck 65 play pop star in his 'Super Pretty Naughty' video

Rapper Buck 65 has made his name on dense wordplay and music that pushes against expectations of how hip-hop should sound. Choosing to concentrate on abstract metaphors and dropping odd country-rap fusions years before “hick-hop” became a thing has kept him closer to cult status than mainstream success, but for his latest song and video, from his upcoming album Neverlove (out Sept. 30), Buck offers a glimpse at what might have been if he’d pursued a more pop-friendly route.

“After my wife left,” he writes in an email, “I met a girl who I was hoping would give me hugs and kisses. I was a bit desperate for affection. I figured I might get lucky if I made a song she liked, so I asked her about her taste in music. She listed off all the things she likes about the music she dances to in clubs and I wrote it all down. I still have the piece of paper. She mentioned lyrics with ‘la la la’ parts, four-on-the-floor beats, classic house music, mentions of birthdays and getting dressed up, ‘build ups,’ as she put it, shiny synth sounds, breakdowns, ‘rainbows’ (I wasn’t sure what she meant by that), and lots of hooks. It all went into the blender.”

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Hear HAERTS' transcendent new single 'Giving Up' (and watch the lyric video)

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New York City electropop quartet HAERTS went from utter obscurity to an extraordinary amount of attention in a very short time after releasing their first single back in 2012. Their forthcoming self-titled debut album, which drops Oct. 28, has turned out to be one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year, and the lead single, “Giving Up,” proves it’s worth believing the hype: a propulsive stroboscopic synthesizer provides a launch pad for delicately arranged layers of chiming guitars, airy synths, and a vocal melody delivered by vocalist Nini Fabi that builds to a sublime climax, delivering the gravity-defying sensation of a perfectly crafted pop tune.

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