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Top 10 Songs of the Month: Rae Sremmurd, Pearl Jam, and Lucy Dacus

on March 30, 2018, 12:00am
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05. Courtney Barnett – “Need a Little Time”

Release: From Tell Me How You Really Feel, available 5/18 on Mom+Pop

Indie favorite Courtney Barnett has released the second single, “Need a Little Time”, from her upcoming May album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, a laid-back pop rock track in which Barnett ruminates on vulnerability. The tune is accompanied by a spacey video directed by Danny Cohen, where Barnett floats through space and time after being probed by aliens. –Clara Scott


04. Lil Dicky – “Freaky Friday” ft. Chris Brown

Release: From TBA album

The grass (lawn or pot) is always greener elsewhere. Comic rapper Lil Dicky finds he gets less respect than Rodney Dangerfield as a white rapper with no dance moves, no tats, and limited junk in his front. Meanwhile, Chris Brown would give anything just to shake the harsh light of the media’s scrutiny for a single day. That’s the premise of Dicky’s latest single and video, “Freaky Friday”, which finds him swapping bodies with Brown. It’s pure silliness, of course, but with an addictive hook and hilarious observations like Brown noticing his dick now only “perches” and Dicky offhandedly realizing, damn, he’s got a kid, there’s a reason 60 million have clicked and re-clicked on the video over the last two weeks. Predictably, each is glad to be back in his own body by song’s end, though Dicky no doubt misses having cultural clearance to say “nigga.” –Matt Melis


03. Pearl Jam – “Can’t Deny Me”

Release: From TBA album

Between “Bu$hleaguer”, “Army Reserve”, and “Jeremy”, Pearl Jam have never shied away from having their music illuminate the dark events unfolding on the world’s stage. “Can’t Deny Me”, their first release in five years, continues to do just that. The percussion-soaked protest song is peppered with poignant lyrics about a country poisoned and persevering in the face of societal apathy. The relevance to current events is strikingly noticeable, making “Can’t Deny Me” the ultimate hardcore catharsis the world didn’t know it needed. –Lindsay Teske


02. Lucy Dacus – “Pillar of Truth”

lucy dacus photo by ben kaye 18 Top 10 Songs of the Month: Rae Sremmurd, Pearl Jam, and Lucy Dacus

Release: From Historian, available now on Matador

A slow reflection on broken romance, Lucy Dacus’ “Pillar of Truth” is a long, warm, and subtly moving ballad from her new album, Historian, released March 2nd on Matador Records. Dacus’ smooth and deeply soulful voice carries the song through each phase of momentous instrumentation, culminating in a triumphant reiteration of the chorus that echoes into a bare-bones ending, leaving Dacus’ voice alone to close the song. –Clara Scott


01. Rae Sremmurd – “Powerglide” ft. Juicy J

Release: From SR3MM, available god only knows when on EarDrummers

Brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi aka Rae Sremmurd are sitting on arguably the most anticipated hip-hop release of 2018, SR3MM, a goliath three-album affair that features the duo on one record and their respective solo debuts on the other two. No matter how you look at it, the stakes are huge, but an early sampling like “Powerglide” (with a little help from Juicy J) eases some of the pressure. With lyrics that make us say, “Huh?” and a groove that never brakes or becomes less addictive, we’ll be gliding all year long alongside this cut, whether or not the rest of SR3MM can match the hype. –Matt Melis


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