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13 Best New Rock Songs We Heard in April

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

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Brand New, "Mene"

It's Brand New's first new song in six years; there was a lot riding on this. Luckily the guys haven't lost their signature aggression we know and love them for—that "We don't feel anything!" hook is begging to be hollered by emo purists. But "Mene" sees the band working in faster tempos than we've heard from them years, likely expanding the single's appeal to hard- and alt-rock fans too. Jeff Benjamin

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Alabama Shakes, "This Feeling"

A lot of the tracks on the Shakes' excellent Sound & Color throw the listener for an unexpected loop, but this standout cut is like a soul-rock classic updated for 2015 and beyond. —Jeff Benjamin

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Tame Impala, "'Cause I'm a Man"

Hypnotic and delicious enough to play on repeat for a half-hour—but Tame Impala's also taken a step up in the lyrics department, with gems like "Saying sorry ain't as good as saying why" and "I have a conscience and it's never fooled / But it's prone to be overruled." Put this next to the eight-minute mind-blower "Let It Happen" and the retro dazzler "Disciples" (shared after a fan asked nicely on Reddit) and we're dying to hear Currents, the band's third album.  Zach Dionne

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Torres, "Cowboy Guilt"

Every generation has its own...something. Fashion. Music. Injustice. Torres is this generation's P.J. Harvey, pulling riffs from the heartstrings of St. Vincent and giving them an unfamiliar delicacy. "Cowboy Guilt," is about reinvention, losing something the moment you find something new. Rock and roll can be heady, too. —Maria Sherman

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U.S. Girls, "Damn That Valley"

Besides having an impossibly cool band name (trust us on this one), U.S. Girls are signed to an impossibly cool record label, 4AD, responsible for bringing the world Throwing Muses, the Pixies and Modern English. So they have big shoes to fill. With tracks like "Damn That Valley," they're doing a great job marrying the strange with the melodic, giving us a rock song cluttered with ideas of geopolitics. It's memorable and weird, the stuff to play to impress a stranger. —Maria Sherman

6 / 13

Tyler, the Creator, "DEATHCAMP"

Tyler, the Creator's third studio album is a gigantic leap forward for the Odd Future mastermind. It's apparent from the very first seconds, when Cherry Bomb kicks off with an all-out rock song, complete with gritty guitar tones, punk-friendly riffs and a low-key solo. —Zach Dionne

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EELS, "Fresh Feeling" (Live)

The EELS rearrange their songs for every tour—sometimes pretty drastically—and the classy, peppy vibe of Royal Albert Hall lends itself magnificently to "Fresh Feeling," one of the very best cut's in the band's 11-album career. —Zach Dionne

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No Joy, "Moon in My Mouth"

Shoegaze and dream-pop revivals always seem to come in waves. Now isn't the time to flirt with the genres (unless you're pairing it with something new and exciting, like black metal heavyweights Deafheaven or Philly punk act Nothing). No Joy aren't concerned with what's popular; their investment is in what's good. "Moon in My Mouth" is good, a single with a memorable hook and calming percussion. —Maria Sherman

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Downtown Boys, "Monstro"

Punk rock has always been inherently political. Extreme art is often formed from extreme thinking. Downtown Boys take this to a new level (with the help of a creatively places horn section, and no, this ain't ska). "Monstro" is the bilingual single from their upcoming debut full-length, one that has frontwoman Victoria Ruiz screaming to empower young Latinas: "She's brown! She's smart!" she wails in the goosebumps inducing track. —Maria Sherman

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Slayer, "When the Stillness Comes"

Slayer are thrash metal overlords; no one's contesting it. But "When the Stillness Comes," one of the first songs we've heard since the death of founding shredder Jeff Hanneman, is "Bloodline"/"Dead Skin Mask"–style metal that also doubles as pure "hard rock." As far as guitar-centric thumpers went in April, "When the Stillness Comes" was hard to beat. —Zach Dionne

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Alabama Shakes, "Guess Who"

On one of the best albums of the year so far, "Guess Who" is a catchy little moment of calm among giant emotional roller coasters. —Zach Dionne

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Desaparecidos, "City on the Hill"

Conor Oberst brings the focus back to his music with this racing new cut by his post-hardcore-inspired band. It's the first new material we've heard from Desaparecidos in more than a decade, and with their upcoming Payola album co-produced by Mike Mogis (who's found success working with First Aid Kit and on The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack), it's set the bar high. —Jeff Benjamin

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Institute, "Perpetual Ebb"

If you're young, punk and poor, Austin seems to be the place to go. The hardcore scene there continues to explode on the daily, women and men migrating from all over to keep the town weird. Institute is the Texas capital's latest and greatest export, a punk band obsessed with desert geography and lackadaisical vocals. There's something powerful about expressing boredom with a certain ferocity, apathy alongside aggression. —Maria Sherman

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