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Alternative Music: A playlist of new releases free of the hits

It’s summer, but you’ve heard that new Drake song way too many times already. Here’s a playlist of new songs free of the hits you’ve heard on the radio a thousand times.

Trouble – Cage the Elephant
This song came out just a few weeks ago from the band from Bowling Green, Kentucky. It’s got some notes from the group’s past work, but it makes use of more pop elements while still sounding slow and comforting. Play this song while you’re laying out by the pool this summer.

I am a Nightmare – Brand New
Brand New is the best band in the universe and will always be on any playlist I ever make. Play this literally anywhere, at any time.

The Skies Will Break – Corinne Bailey Rae
Rae’s sweet croon makes this song a welcome addition to quiet nights, but includes a pressure that would also work for impromptu dance parties. Play this song while you’re getting ready for a summer night out.

Miracle Aligner – The Last Shadow Puppets
From the side project of Alex Turner, frontman for Arctic Monkeys, and a few others, this track makes use of Turner’s smooth, sultry voice so much that’s its difficult to pay attention to the lyrics. Play this song while you chillax in a nice bubble bath with some Lush bath bombs.

California Kids – Weezer
This song has “California” in the title. Need I say more? Play this loud on a drive to the beach.

Rosemary – Brian Fallon
Have you ever heard of The Gaslight Anthem? Google it now. The band’s frontman, Brian Fallon, released his debut solo album earlier this year, and it’s been a longtime coming. This song is upbeat and begging for you to play it after an inevitable summer fling ends.

Boyfriend – Tegan and Sara
Like ‘80s pop? This is the closest thing you’ll get to music from that decade, so turn this song on when you’re ready for some fun. Play this on a night out with your girlfriends.

Love, Hope and Misery – Jake Bugg
With retro-sounding guitars and a classicly smooth voice, Jake Bugg’s music is immensely impressive for someone so young (he’s just 22 years old). The lyrics also make Bugg sound well beyond his years. Yes, this song is sad. Play it if you’re feeling really sad.


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