It’s been a bittersweet week for rock music. While the original Meat Puppets trio cemented their return with an awesome second single from their upcoming record, The Cranberries also sadly released the first song from their last-ever album after losing frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan a year ago. And on Wednesday, tragic news emerged of Germs bassist Lorna Doom’s passing.
Here are five songs from the week you need to hear.
Radiohead’s “Ill Wind” isn’t exactly a new release, but it had previously only appeared on a CD that accompanied the vinyl edition of the band’s 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool, so we’ll make an exception. The spacey track was released to streaming platforms late last week, and it’s definitely worth a listen.
“Nine Pins” is the second single off the group’s upcoming album, Dusty Notes. It’s the first album to feature all three original members—vocalist-guitarist Curt Kirkwood, bassist-vocalist Chris Kirkwood and drummer Derrick Bostrom—since 1995’s No Joke!, and the new single makes it easy to see what made the trio’s music so special in the first place.
The Killers aren’t playing around anymore. The band takes a political stand on the gospel-inspired “Land of the Free,” taking shots at corporations, institutional racism and Trump’s proposed border wall. It’s sharp, scathing and hits all the right targets.
“All Over Now” is one of the last-ever tracks recorded by The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan before her passing early last year. The mournful track, which features tender vocals from the Irish rock singer, is the first single from the band’s final album, In the End.