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8 Best New Rock Songs We Heard in January

We get it: There's so much music out there, it's impossible to listen to it all. So the Fuse staff compiled the best rock tracks released this month

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Modest Mouse, "Coyotes

Sometimes a song and a video go hand-in-hand forever. "Thriller." "Freak on a Leash." And now "Coyotes," from the forthcoming Strangers to OurselvesModest Mouse's first album in eight years. The song's a gentle thing squarely in the indie act's wheelhouse, but the video—an adorable coyote takes a long voyage on a commuter train—makes it one of the month's standout pieces of music. -Zach Dionne

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Serj Tankian & Tom Morello, "Crazy Train"

The world didn't need a cover of one of the best metal songs ever shredded, but if it's System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian and Rage Against the Machine axe-man Tom Morello doing the covering, then why the hell not? The pair's union bred something that both does justice to the 1980 original and then takes it to a weird new plane. Morello proves that the best way to pay homage to Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads is to honor his crunchy riffs and not even attempt to duplicate his solos. -Zach Dionne

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Waxahatchee, "Air"

Waxahatchee first landed on our radar last year as a must-see Coachella artist, an impressive feat when performing alongside huge names like OutKast and the Knife. The singer-songwriter (birth name: Katie Crutchfield) is something of an indie rock princess, crafting raw, stripped-down, narratively complicated songs of love (and lust) lost. There's a certain emotional depth to the latest Waxahatchee track, "Air," and a sentimental simplicity. Do confessions get heavier than "I left you out like a carton of milk"? -Maria Sherman

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Pete Doherty, "Flags of the Old Regime"

Pete Doherty showed up this month to release a tune eulogizing his friend (and onetime loverAmy Winehouse. The lyrics are short stanzas of opaque poetry, but it's hard not to picture Winehouse along the way, and to feel, in your gut, the sadness of her passing and the beauty that was her life. All proceeds from the single's sale will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. -Zach Dionne

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Sleater-Kinney, "No Cities to Love"

When you're coming back from a decade-long absence, you've gotta do it right. Sleater-Kinney—the Washington trio featuring Portlandia star/cocreator Carrie Brownstein—managed it, and then some. No Cities to Love is a half-hour slab of post-punk that breezily keeps pace with the band's first seven albums. The title track might have the coolest riffs we've heard in this young year, and it's catchy enough that Gerard Way, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Sarah Silverman and more found themselves singing along in a sweet little tribute video-Zach Dionne

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Death Cab for Cutie, "Black Sun"

"Black Sun" is the lead single off Death Cab for Cutie's first album since 2011's Codes and Keys, and it continues the band's experimental hankerings. Codes' lead single, "You Are a Tourist," was a lush, five-minute march of lively yet mellow guitar and piano. While Death Cab's latest keeps the satisfyingly long length, it incorporates new elements like woozy synths, psychedelic riffs and, at one point, spins into a fuzzy guitar breakdown. -Jeff Benjamin

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Guster, "Endlessly"

It's been a while since 2010's Easy Wonderful, but Guster's still Guster—gentle, spunky, sentimental—on Evermotion, their seventh album. "Endlessly" is one of the more expansive, soothing cuts on an album that's happy to take it easy. The busy synth cocktail goes down well, and the band's ear for catchy melodies is in full focus. Keep "Endlessly" on tap for your life's next mushy montage moment. -Zach Dionne

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Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"

Fall Out Boy's sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho is No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and they earned it. The pop-punk prodigies turned arena rock gods crafted a complicated, at times utterly bizarre album. Pete Wentz claimed AB/AP encapsulates the last 100 years of popular culture, which is obvs a lofty ambition. But "Uma Thurman" is the perfect example of that idea, a song that samples The Munsters' theme song in a way that isn't cheesy and still possesses that classic, powerful FOB sound. It's only slightly ridiculous, which makes it all the more fun. -Maria Sherman

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