Mutemath - Hit Parade

| Keith
Here's a final straw to take a stride
In a right direction
I can hardly see the sky
Covering this lonely path
Nothing's built to last
I can almost say that I want you back
But I won't, no I won't, I won't
Sun, come on around

If I've got one criticism of Mutemath is that they can feel a bit too polished. Don't get me wrong, I like the sophistication and quality they put into their work, and that's clear on their latest release "Hit Parade" but I wish they were able to capture the energy of their live shows a bit better in their recordings. Speaking of live shows, I'm excited to catch them at this year's ACL festival.

RIYL: Minus The Bear, Civil Twilight, Colony House, Manchester Orchestra

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The Killers - The Man

| Kerri

I know the score like the back of my hand
Them other boys, I don't give a damn
They kiss on the ring, I carry the crown
Nothing can break, nothing can break me down
Don't need no advice, I got a plan
I know the direction, the lay of the land
I know the score like the back of my hand
Them other boys, I don't give a damn

I'm the man, come round
No-no-nothing can break, no-nothing can break me down
I'm the man, come round and
No-no-nothing can break, you can't break me down

Controversy here at TMIS: posting The Killers. If I'd have attempted to write up a classic Killers hit, such as the beloved "Mr. Brightside", I have no doubt that Keith would have deleted the post. (Bonus video: "Human" from 2008) There's few things (musical or otherwise) Keith's a hater of but Brandon's band gets that distinction. I, on the other hand, am a fan of the music despite having an issue personally with delusional Mr. Flowers. So anyway, this is the first new Killers song in forever and it's glam-rocky, Bowie-inspired, straight-forward-yet-tongue-in-cheek fun. I like it and I'm optimistic about the upcoming album, and about seeing The Killers perform at ACL in October. (Thankfully, at a festival literally a couple blocks from our door, Keith can either watch another performance or go home early.)

RIYL: Spoon, Franz Ferdinand, Panic! at the Disco, Imagine Dragons

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Manchester Orchestra - The Gold

| Keith
Couldn't really love you any more
You've become my ceiling
I don't think I love you anymore
That gold mine changed you
You don't have to hold me anymore
Our cave's collapsing
I don't wanna be me anymore
My old man told me

Manchester Orchestra, out of the ATL, has been putting out interesting and endearing music for around ten years now, exploring a variety of styles along the way. Their new single "The Gold" is excellent and captures all that they do best with thoughtful songwriting and beautiful arrangement. Looks like they're on tour and coming to Austin soon, and that's exciting. I saw them way back, opening for Brand New in Seattle, and the memory of them rocking "Where Have You Been?" is one of my live show favs.

RIYL: Bad Books, Brand New, The Dear Hunter, Minus The Bear, Wintersleep

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