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our five favorite songs of the week!

Anna Calvi, "Blackout
Thanks to her ridiculously powerful voice and rich soulful melodies, people have been buzzing about this English singer long before she made the coveted shortlist for the BBC Sounds of 2011 back in January. The 28-year-old's latest single, "Blackout," is a swirling, all-encompassing tune that's been mesmerizing us all week long. It just takes one listen to see that this guitar girl lives up to her major hype.  --LIZA DARWIN

Cloud Nothings,
"Understand At All,"
Talk about an overachiever. Dylan Baldi might still be a teenager, but in just a few months this Cleveland musician has gone from recording songs in his parent's house to making a full-length album and touring with Toro y Moi. The latest song off his self-titled debut is an upbeat jam filled with hi-fi hooks, drum solos, and a fun chorus. Needless to say, it's the perfect thing to get you pumped for the weekend.
--LD

Leah Mason, "St. Antoine"

This London musician hasn't even released her debut EP yet- she only has 2 songs on her Myspace page- but already Leah Mason has won the #1 spot on our iTunes this week. Recently on tour with Ellie Goulding, she's won a following for her musical trifecta of blues, folk, and rock- the perfect combo, if you ask us. Head over to her Facebook page to download the her songs for free- and get to know Leah before she blows up very soon.
--LD

TV On The Radio, "Will Do"

We've still got to wait another month for TV On The Radio's fifth album Nine Types of Light.  But for those who can't wait (like us!), the band's released the first single of the record.  Dubbed "Will Do," the track is somewhat of a chameleon: Depending on your mood (and the current state of your love life), it could be a heartbroken ballad or a sweet melody. In other words, we recommend this song to those not going through a breakup. 
--ALI HOFFMAN

Lykke Li, "Get Some"
The Swedish songbird argues her first new single is about power, not sex.  Fair enough, but since the chorus includes the oh-so-catchy "I'm your prostitute" lyric, you can be sure schoolgirls around the country will be chanting this imminent hit for whatever reasons they can imagine.  Obviously, secretly, so will we.
--FARAN KRENTCIL