“Need Your Love”

The Temper Trap // The Temper Trap

2 Stars

Heavy on sounds and vocals, The Temper Trap’s new single is a strong lead into the rest of the band’s sophomore album. However, once the rush of this release fades, all that remains is ambivalence about the band’s future.

“Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)”

Silversun Pickups // Neck of the Woods

4 Stars

It’s no coincidence that Silversun Pickups use the word “bloody” in their latest single — if My Bloody Valentine ever attempted a smooth summer soundtrack aimed at the masses, this would be it.

“Go Right Ahead”

The Hives // Lex Hives

4 Stars

The Hives’ new single is repetitious to a fault, but nonetheless wildly frenetic, sneering and fun. “Go Right Ahead” is from the group’s upcoming album, due June 5, and hopefully it serves as a sign of what’s to come.

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