five awesome songs to kick off your weekend.
Canadian alt-R&B artist The Weeknd turned 24 this past Saturday and gifted his fans with a cover of Bey's "Drunk in Love." Slightly up-tempo but sultry as the Queen's original, the song's edgy rhymes seep out of a steep drop at the chorus. ALEXA PEARCE
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke steps in on verse two of this expansive new version of a song that was quite roomy to begin with. Attention director of the next John Hughes-esque teen film: I've got a song for your most epic, crucial scene right here. MELISSA GIANNINI
This gritty, grainy video for Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas' "Caught Up" has me missing my hip-shaking Detroit garage-rock days and seriously reconsidering the decision to grow out my bangs. MG
Speaking of retro sounds from the turn of the past century, this first single off Arum Rae's Warranted Queen EP is maybe more haunted oddity than space odyssey, but we're digging her combination of raw, bluesy vocals and glitchy electronics. MG
Brooklyn doo-wop punks Ava Luna have swept away some sonic eccentricities on this latest single, allowing Felicia Douglass's vocals to slink and soar and shimmer in the spaces between. MG