New Music Roundup – Franz Ferdinand, Juicy J and American Authors

There have been some great new releases this week from artists you may be familiar with like Franz Ferdinand and one band that you may not have heard or know about as of yet, but who is going to be gaining popularity in the coming weeks with the release of their EP.

Juicy J – Stay Trippy

If you recall to last week’s roundup, I lauded how Earl Sweatshirt’s new album Doris did not have many club songs and how refreshing it was. Juicy J’s Stay Trippy is the polar opposite. The album features beats tailor made for the club and that’s not a bad thing. Juicy J has been making this music since his days with Three Six Mafia. While his sound has evolved, fans of triple six will still be thrilled with this album. Some singles have been out for a a while now, but the rest of the album is a good listen. You even get a guest spot from one Project Pat. North Memphis is well represented.

Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

Franz Ferdinand returns with new music.
Franz Ferdinand returns with new music.

It’s hard to label the music that Franz Ferdinand makes. It’s almost a throwback to an earlier time in rock, think mid to late sixties dance rock. Their new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is a perfect example. The lead single “Right Action,” features an insanely catchy bass riff that along with the tight guitar chords, that makes it an instant dance jam and a top song. The band did not reinvent themselves or their sound on this album, but if you are a fan of their earlier albums, you be drawn into this album in no time. As an added bonus, the version on Google Music featured an entire concert after the album.

American Authors – American Authors EP

American Authors are going to be a huge band. Huge. I’ve had the privilege to see them twice this summer. The first time, they played in a room of no more than 100 people. Two months later at Lollapalooza, they almost needed to be on one of the main stages. American Authors makes catchy pop music. If Walk The Moon was last years breakout band, American Authors should claim that title this year. There are no bad songs on their new EP and if you’re not singing along to at least one of them by the end of the EP, chances are you hate having a good time. This is a tremendous release that will leave you craving a full album and a headlining tour.


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