Things I am listening to these days:
Green Day’s newest two albums are pretty good–they’re no “American Idiot”/”21st Century Breakdown,” but it’s probably unfair to expect that every time out. UNO! (sorry, I can’t be bothered to find the upside-down exclamation point) has a lot of songs I like on it and only a couple slow points; I have been playing it a lot. DOS! I am still getting a feel for. One of my friends mentioned that it reminds him a lot of Green Day’s “Foxboro Hot Tubs” project, and I can see the influences there for sure. It’s pretty different from what I’m used to hearing from them.
Metric’s last two albums are some pretty amazing alt-pop. There are catchy tunes galore, and I’m glad to see “Synthetica” getting some more media exposure.
Imagine Dragons’ album “Night Visions” is a little schizophrenic. There are industrial-pop songs like “Radioactive” and “Demons” whose original sound I really like, but the more conventional alt-pop of some of the other songs (“Top of the World” and so on) is pretty good too.
Keane’s “Strangeland” is probably my favorite album of theirs since “Hopes and Fears.” It’s solid from beginning to end. Basically, if you like Keane, you’ll like this album.
What’s on your iPod/Phone?