The Week Ahead: Today’s Top Tune 2.11 – 2.15.19

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Be prepared to rock hard this week, as we offer a slate of bangers. Beirut, who make The Wiltern the final stop on their North American tour on March 5, kick off the week. Indie rock legend Stephen Malkmus offers a little electronica before hitting the stage at The Lodge Room on May 15. Deerhunter document doom and gloom. We get some love from Lee Fields & The Expressions on Valentine’s Day. To round out the week, we feature a new song from Ex Hex. Enjoy!

Monday, Feb. 11 Beirut “Landslide”

Zach Condon paid for a dusty old Farfisa organ with the money earned from his first job. This organ, that once belonged to a traveling circus, gave out long ago. However, Condon managed to coax songs out of it including those on Beirut’s debut album, and all of the songs on their second recording. Years past, and his old organ was finally shipped to his home in New York. By Winter 2016, his Farfisa was back in action, and was the founding principle for, Gallipoli. “Landslide” is your takeaway.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 Stephen Malkmus “Viktor Borgia”

The King of Indie Rock, Stephen Malkmus, blindsided us with the news of a full-length electronic record. You won’t find swirling instrumentals though, what you get is artfully crafted danceable melody with lyrics. Sounding slightly British, think of early Human League meets Roxy Music circa 1982 on “Viktor Borgia.”

Wednesday, Feb.13 Deerhunter “Element”

In records past, Atlanta’s Deerhunter, served up a flavorful mix of nostalgia but the band has since evolved. On the whirling “Element,” they turn to a bleak view of current day life.

Thursday, Feb. 14 Lee Fields & The Expressions “It Rains Love” 

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a song from Lee Fields & The Expressions? Crackling with warmth, here’s your ode to domestic bliss, “It Rains Love,” from a man who’s been married to the same woman for 40+ years.

Friday, Feb. 15 Ex Hex “Cosmic Cave”

D.C. power trio Ex Hex have their sophomore album slated for release in March. “Cosmic Cave” is a three-minute romp featuring hooky, garage fueled post-punk.