5 songs you must hear this week: 21 January 2019

Some big names on the Music Lab’s list this week. The year is off to an interesting start.

1. Killers, Land of the Free
Single (Universal)
Recommended if you like: Sticking it to Donald Trump

After hinting about a new single, The Killers return with a track accompanied by a powerful video (Spike Lee is involved) that tackles many of the serious issues facing the United States these days: immigration, guns, racism. It’s heartening to see a major band take a social and political stand in today’s environment. This is not going to be on an Oval Office playlist. Does this mean a new album is in the offering? Probably not. Brandon Flowers says early 2020 is the most likely ETA.

2. The Cranberries, All Over Now
In the End (Universal)
RIYL: A good cry

One year to the day after singer Dolores O’Riordan died, The Cranberries released this single from an upcoming final album (due April 26). Before she left Ireland for the last time, she completed the demo vocals for this record. The band made the emotional decision to finish the album using those final recordings.

3. Krief, Daydream Lover
Single (Indica/UMG)
RIYL: Domestic bliss

Patrick Krief is the former guitarist for Montreal’s The Dears who leads a five-piece band. Much of his recent output seems to be inspired by a very, very happy marriage. Refreshing, that.

4. Hawksley Workman, Lazy
Median Age Wasteland (Isadora Records)
RIYL: Strumbellas, Cage the Elephant, The Struts

Hawksley is always busy: touring, recording (solo and with The Mounties), producing work for other people, staging theatre productions, planning performances with symphony orchestras, and more. In other words, he’s anything BUT lazy. This album is due March 1, but before that, a new Mounties album called Heavy Meta will be released February 8,

5. Kongos, Pay for the Weekend
1929: Part 1 (Spensive Sounds)
RIYL: Integrated approaches

The four Kongos brothers have ambitious plans for 2019. This is the first of a multipart project that includes this fourth studio album (out now), a docuseries called Bus Call (what it’s like to be on tour; now available for streaming), a weekly podcast entitled The Front Lounge, and a world tour.

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