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Drake, Joanna Newsom, and Run the Jewels Highlight Our Top Songs of the Week (10/28)

Plus, Kevin Morby, Allison Crutchfield, and Forth Wanderers try to prove Roger Daltrey wrong

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    It seems that every other week, some old white dude decides that rock and roll is dead. This time it was Roger Daltrey, who announced the demise in in an interview with The Times. He went on to add that “the only people saying things that matter are the rappers,” and while the rad rap tracks in our countdown this week bear out the value of the genre, the old Who-head ought to take a look at our list every week, as it regularly features great rock tracks. Give us a holler, Dalt! We’ll set you straight!

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    10. Kevin Morby – “Beautiful Strangers”

    Kevin Morby // Photo by Philip Cosores

    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Earlier this year, the world mourned one of America’s worst attacks: the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando. Though time has passed, many of those wounds, both literal and community-based, remain open. One of the people to feel its pain is singer-songwriter Kevin Morby. After hearing about the tragedy, he took to the studio to record two new songs, one of which is “Beautiful Strangers”, a winding, intimate folk number that picks up momentum as it goe. This goes out to “people who liked to laugh, dance, and love in the way that we all do, but can’t anymore,” he wrote on his Bandcamp. It may seem strange at first to grin or move in time to his song, but let it grow. Morby’s songwriting catches a hold of the heart in funny ways and, when given time, convinces you it’s time to move, even if your body’s biggest dance move is a subtle sway back and forth. –Nina Corcoran

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    09. Drake – “Sneakin'”

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    Photo by Sara Marjorie Strick

    Drizzy took some unacceptable shots at the ailing Kid Cudi, but remember, he just turned 30. “Man, I’m only 29, have some patience with us,” he raps on new track “Sneakin'”, recorded prior to reaching the big 3-0. (Which by the way, this is all reminding me that I am roughly the same age as Drake and yet have never even once released a hit single or high-fived DeMarcus Cousins from my courtside NBA seats … But I digress.) Over some London On Da Track niceness, Drake and the up-and-coming Atlanta rapper 21 Savage drop some lines about keeping the fake friends away and being the best. “Shit ain’t been the same like before/ I still love it but I used to love it more,” Drake adds — and if this is the sound of him half-assing it, we’ll all be completely floored when he gets back to feeling it. –Adam Kivel


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    08. Forth Wanderers – “Nerves”

    forth wanderers Drake, Joanna Newsom, and Run the Jewels Highlight Our Top Songs of the Week (10/28)Why throw hard punches when the sadness you’re conveying speaks for itself? New Jersey act Forth Wanderers sigh with every guitar line and heavy slosh of percussion, and their newest cut, “Nerves”, maintains that style. The song wags its tail like a dog seeking forgiveness while knowing it’s in the wrong. A catchy guitar melody sings repeatedly, the tempo holds its own, and vocal harmonies appear halfway through, bringing intimacy into the mix for a true plea of acceptance in the wake of a relationship. Forth Wanderers revive slacker rock without trying too hard. Then again, isn’t that the point? –Nina Corcoran



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