With the final month of 2018 on the horizon, here are the latest Songs of the Week. I’m hard at work on my year-end albums list, so no bonus content this week. But if you haven’t already, do check out SOMETHINGGOOD’s latest playlist — “Bridgers, Baker, Dacus & BLANK” — which has a few ideas for indie super-group boygenius.


“Champagne Ladies” by And the Kids

Signature Sounds Recordings

Massachusetts band And The Kids won me over with their recent performance opening for Caroline Rose at D.C.’s Miracle Theatre — which is literally a movie theater, with a low stage and rows of seats and everything. And The Kids put on an amazing show despite the sub-optimal setting — getting everyone super hyped, out of their padded chairs and (eventually) directly in front of the stage. We as a crowd got our shit together in time for Caroline Rose, who destroyed.

“Champagne Ladies,” And The Kids’ new single, is from the band’s forthcoming LP When This Life Is Over — which comes out February 22.


“Knockout” by Somedays

Stirling Collective

It wasn’t a fluke. London guitar pop band Somedays are proving they’re the real deal with a winning, surf rock-inspired new single — which follows their debut track “When We Left,” released a few weeks back. Including five key changes in the span of 2:34 and padded with multiple sing-along choruses, “Knockout” is a blast. It also validates the very favorable comparisons of Somedays to the early-2000s Strokes.


“You Already Knew That” by The High Loves

Independently-released

What do we have here? Why, it’s another addition to the SOMETHINGGOOD two-timers club. This time it’s guitar pop band The High Loves, whose debut Serotonin EP came out this month (the title track made my Songs of the Week for October 23). Per a statement from the Toronto-based quartet, “You Already Knew That” has a lot of emotional weight behind it:

“This song is about an inner conflict [lead singer and songwriter] Noah Monckton was having when he decided to break up with his girlfriend who he was still in love with to further pursue his music. He was wondering if it was really the right thing to do. He knew that he’d really miss her. Writing this song allowed Monckton to reconnect with that experience in a way that enabled him to move on.”


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