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Volume 59 Reviews

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Heart “Beautiful Broken”
When Rock-and-Roll-Hall-Of-Famers, the Wilson sisters of Heart, wrote the lyrics for their new track “Beautiful Broken,” it might seem unlikely that they’d be writing it about a stripper. But, when you see the lyrics, it seems impossible to ignore that this is an ode to the ladies in g-strings and stilettos. Check out these lyrics and tell me otherwise: “She’s a big star, and she’s burning bright/Losing her religion each and every night/She’s the real thing and she’ll tell you so/And lots of other things you don’t wanna know/Such a drama queen, a hot mess/Underneath her temper, underneath her dress/Like a raw flame she got a secret mind/Getting your attention each and every time.” Right? So I’m not crazy—the legendary Heart wrote a song about strippers. More akin to the ’70s “Barracuda” Heart than the ’80s “Alone” Heart, “Beautiful Broken” is a two-minute, and 35-seconds fireball that deftly showcases Ann Wilson’s legendary pipes and Nancy’s unmistakable guitar grooves. Dancers will identify with it, customers will dig this new track from a classic band. Win win.
DJ Snake (ft. Justin Bieber) “Let Me Love You”

Real quick, do you still get requests to play Skrillex and Bieber’s “Where Are U Now” by dudes who should know better? Just curious, do you still car karaoke the Bieb’s “Sorry”? Yeah, we thought so, too. Well look, bright side says now you have a new brand new track to refuse to like but can’t go a day without spinning it, or singing it, or even escaping it. Who’s DJ Snake? We don’t know. Do you even care?  It’s Bieber. Believe it. So it is, so it shall be.

Airbourne “Breakin’ Outta Hell”

Fresh off their fourth studio album, Australian hard rockers Airbourne are back with their latest jam, “Breakin’ Outta Hell.” Gritty as hell with a Bon-Scott-era AC/DC swagger, “Breakin’ Outta Hell” showcases exactly why many consider Airbourne to be the leaders of the next generation of hard rock. It’s retro-sounding enough for those of us who grew up on AC/DC, hair metal and Metallica, but their fan base is decidedly young enough to grasp all demographics. The Australian outfit, led by brothers Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe (vocalist/lead guitarist and drummer), have spent the past ten years establishing itself as road warriors, selling out major venues with their energetic and entertaining style of fast and furious rock.

THEY. “Deep End”

The word around the turntable about THEY., an LA studio collaboration between two well-known producers (Dante and Drew Love), is that they’re next to breakout of the present day pop-R&B collective that borrowers elements from modern rock as much as it takes from classic soul. As a speaker-friendly mid-tempo jam, THEY.’s second release “Deep End” is all about the diving into the, shall we say, “metaphorical pools” of woman’s anatomy. Easily mistaken as just another new Weeknd joint, the sly hook and easy groove of “Deep End” is more than just a passing fancy until that new Weeknd joint actually hits.

Fergie “M.I.L.F $”

Fully embracing her 40s, Fergie may still be the hottest girl in the room, but she’s not the youngest. Which makes the whole theme of her latest single, “M.I.L.F $” (aka MILF Money), yet one more of her butt-bouncing, confectionery byproducts—inherently strange since it is, all at once, one of the sexiest, as well as being the most sexist, songs of the summer. Take it as you will: Is it another boner-prone fantasy of what men expect older women to be? Perhaps. But look, Fergie’s music doesn’t require much thought (and don’t, because it begins to hurt), so we’re probably reaching too far here, but consider all the single moms out there, too. See them? They’re dancing on stage right now. That’s what “real” MILFs looks like. And they’re gonna love this jam.

Desiigner “Timmy Turner”

Your DJs will know Desiigner from his hit, “Panda,” which dropped earlier this year and remains spun in heavy rotation during your weekend night shift. His follow-up, “Timmy Turner” (and we defy you to say that without the South Park-inspired inflection), is merely an extension of his initial offering, meaning it’s “mumble rap” to the infinite power. Take away the urban yodeling that sounds as if he’s running away from the bovines down in Pamplona, and you’ll be left deciphering what in the hell homeboy is attempting to enunciate. Although we think we caught that some “bitch is hot on BET” on the hook.  So we have that going for us.

Jeezy ft. 2 Chainz and Future “Magic City Mondays”
In Atlanta, the legendary urban club Magic City owns a day of the week. “Magic City Monday” by ATL local Jeezy (who’s joined here by 2 Chainz and Future) salutes not only the club itself, but the culture it represents as well. While name-dropping strip clubs goes back to the halcyon days of Motley Crue, having a song with a club’s name in the title—unsolicited, this wasn’t commissioned—embodies how hip-hop and adult clubs co-exist symbiotically. But besides the meaning, it’s a solid track too, even if your club isn’t called Magic City.
Hellyeah “I Don’t Care Anymore”

I have a confession to make (and as a card-carrying member of the metal community, it is a bonafide confession). When I was 13, one of my favorite artists was Phil Collins. It had something to do with my then-obsession with Miami Vice (this was 1985, after all). And my favorite Phil track, bar none, was “I Don’t Care Anymore.” It was stark. It was angry. It was intense. Which makes it surprising that no metal bands ever considered covering it—until now. Hellyeah, the metal “supergroup” featuring former members of Mudvayne, Pantera and Nothingface, put their stamp on the track without taking away from the original track’s emotional intensity. Pantera fans should also be extremely interested in giving this track a listen, as the song’s guitar solo was provided by none other than the late “Dimebag” Darrell, brother of Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul (apparently, the brothers had worked up a cover of the Collins track before Dime was murdered on stage in 2004). – Dave Manack

Dirty Heads “That’s All I Need”

Mix a little ‘90s hip-hop with some ska punk and a casual SoCal groove, and you get a glimpse into the style and sound of the Dirty Heads track, “That’s All I Need.” The Huntington-Beach-based quintet has a sound reminiscent of their contemporaries Sublime, who also, appropriately enough, called Huntington Beach home (the band still exists as Sublime with Rome, following the passing of former Sublime frontman Brad Nowell in 1996). The band dubs it their “summertime anthem,” and it definitely has that sun’s up, top’s down, feel-good vibe. Grab a Corona and chill to this old-school-meets-new-school party rocker.

Bleeker  “Highway

After 12 years toiling away in northern Toronto and across Canada, Bleeker has gotten their big U.S. break with their album Erase You, as the track “Highway” appears on the latest installment of StripJoints. Musically, Bleeker combines a classic rock swagger with psych-tinged grooves, placing them among Royal Blood, Struts, The Black Keys, and Jet in the alt-rock spectrum.  Highway” resonates with its handclaps and garage pop vibe, and the track is uptempo from stem to stern.

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