Fresh Tunes: Biffy Clyro, Dave Grohl’s Sound City Soundtrack and more!

This week’s theme seems to be alternative rock and heavy hitters. Since you know what to expect out of Clapton, Bowie, and those guys from New Jersey with the big arena anthems and the on-call hairdresser, we decided to highlight a couple of the lesser-known stand-outs released today.

Biffy Clyro “Opposites”
These days, six albums is the equivalent to earning  “chiseled veteran” status in the world of alternative rock, yet, for Biffy Clyro, it feels as if they continue to reside  just on the brink of a national breakout.
Their lastest effort “Opposites” is already getting a ton of attention thanks to the anthemic and catchy first single “Black Chandelier.” Alternative Press says “It’s the perfect addition to their ever idiosyncratic and unpredictable repertoire.” Mojo says  “Heartfelt and brilliantly executed, it’s a creative peak.”

Sound City “Real to Reel”
This album could also have been named “Dave Grohl & Friends.” The Foo Fighters leader rounds up some of the biggest and most obscure names in rock (including Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, members of Foo Fighters,  Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against the Machine and more) for a collection of songs, each of which written and recorded within 24 hours of its inception, inspired by his critically acclaimed documentary of the same name.  Highlights include “You Can’t Fix This,” featuring Nicks,  “The Man Who Never Was” featuring Rick Springfield (Yes, THIS Rick Springfield), “Cut Me Some Slack,” featuring Paul McCartney and “Mantra,” a collaboration by Grohl, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. Watch a video of that track’s actual recording session below:

Off With Their Heads “Home”
Minneapolis punk rockers Off With Their Heads release their latest album, “Home,” also celebrating their 10 year anniversary as a band this year. Though one of the most polished, concentrated efforts by the guys thus far, the singer Ryan Young hasn’t lost his punk angst. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says “The harrowing first single, “Nightlife,” makes it sound as if Young outright fears the prospect of playing night after night (sample lyric: “I know I’m sick and I’m not right / I’m so [expletive] tired of living this life”). Young explained by phone, though, that the song is actually more about when he’s not on the road. “It can sort of freak you out when you go from playing 300 shows a year to being at home with someone who has to get up at 6 a.m. to go to work, and leads that normal kind of life,” Young explained, referring to his Los Angeles-based girlfriend of five years. Don’t miss these guys at Rams Head Live with Alkaline Trio and Bayside on May 17!

New music from heavy hitters:
Bon Jovi “What About Now”
David Bowie “The Next Day”
Eric Clapton “Old Sock”

Also released:
Devendra Banhart “Mala”
Mindless Behavior “All Around the World”
Shooter Jennings “The Other Life”

New Singles on iTunes this week:
Sheryl Crow “Easy”
Ciara “Body Party”
Team Pitbull “All Night”
Mona “Goons (Baby I Need It All)”
DJ Drama “So Many Girls”
The Summer Set “Boomerang”
Pop Evil “Trenches”
Eve “Make It Out of This Town”

This week’s Fresh Tunes Playlist:

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