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By James Pavel

5. Entertainment – Phoenix

David Bowie confetti flies through this French tribute to amusement. Phoenix demonstrates that the Wolfgang Amadeus album was the beginning of excellence and not merely an album flooded with temporary genius. Entertainment’s drums sound as though Thomas Hedlund is hammering down on the hood of two monster trucks as the persistent beating sends a shockwave of bliss into the soul of festivals not unlike ACL.

4. Worship You – Vampire Weekend

Nobody asked Vampire Weekend to grow up, but they laid off Tinker bell’s fairy dust anyway and put on their big boy pants for their latest album, “Modern Vampires of the City.” “Worship You” is the most complete track of the album and arguably the strongest of their sleep-deprived career. It has a sudden swell of momentum that can force a crowd eruption like a once dormant volcano that every band keeps tucked away until the climax of their set-list.


3. Coming Back Again – Kings of Leon

They are back. Again. The Kings of more than just a furniture store describe the sensation of having all the rock n’ roll machismo one can muster suddenly re-tighten its grip on the four war lords and force them to deliver another rock n’ roll classic. This year’s ACL festival should belong to the four southern boys, who are riding high on a mechanical bull that has more life and vigor than a Mexican bullpen.

2. Follow Me – Muse

The space explorers known as Muse use dub-step for the good of mankind by incorporating its robotic bolster into the soul of the ambitious track, “Follow Me.” The energy of this space odyssey rivals that of a departing rocket ship making it an almost guaranteed highlight for this year’s festival.

1. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys

The military boot-stomp introduction of the most energized rock track of the summer makes this a must-see in the heart of Texas come October. The Monkeys bare even more gifts on this four-minute English triumph, most notably Alex Turner’s seemingly infinite wisdom.

“Ever thought of calling when you’ve had a few?

Because I always do

Maybe I’m too busy being lost to meet somebody new,”

are the words every man or woman six drinks too many wish they could formulate in their cloudy world. The song is littered with clever remarks making it a joy to sing along to, not because the way it rolls off the tongue, (umbrella, ella, ella,) but because hearing such sheer brilliance echoing from one’s own mouth can make one smile brighter than the hot Texas sun.


By James Pavel

5. Knee Socks

It’s brandished in Queens of the Stone Age metallic armour, even featuring Josh Holmes singing backup vocals in the final minutes, and yet it’s become an essential and definitive Arctic Monkeys hit. The AM album is a catalogue of potential singles and one could argue that ‘Knee Socks’, could easily be substituted for ‘Snap out of it,’ ‘One for the Road,’ and even “I wanna be Yours,” as a mere top five is a great injustice to a band as extraordinary as the boys from Sheffield, England.

4. Love is a Laserquest

A rare song that is equally beautiful in its original format and as strictly an acoustic song, Turner seems to have the experience of a wise man reincarnated for centuries based on his personal reflections in this modern masterpiece.

3. 505

It’s the stunningly honest visions that these monkeys constantly paint that make them more than just your average apes. A woman lying on a bed with her hands between her thighs sounds dull and uninteresting until Turner remarks on the common position and suddenly its a pose capable of generating a million ideas.

2. Cornerstone

Not unlike seemingly every visionary English band to debut post-Beatles, The Monkeys are clearly influenced by the prose of Lennon and McCartney. But while Paul and John had to experiment with drugs to truly begin to enter the realm of weird, Alex Turner seems to be naturally, and beautifully, odd. His thoughts in “Cornerstone” are breathtakingly original and as honest as a man taking an oath.

1. Do I Wanna Know?

Rock music hasn’t shifted Earth’s tectonic plates this drastically since The White Stripes’ “Icky Thump.” The music world is bashful and timid when it comes to admitting present greatness, but not the case with the Arctic Monkeys. They are effortlessly more rebellious than the Beatles, more naturally brilliant than Oasis and brasher than Coldplay, who would have to order steel balls online to ever compare to the fantastic audacity the Monkeys possess.

 ‘Do I wanna know?’ is the dark intersections of the mind that partly wishes to know the unedited truth of a volatile relationship and yet debates whether this will help the pain subside or only shift it to overdrive. The song is loaded with the diary entries of a love-mad genius, and the vulnerability of a man all too familiar with the fragility of a woman’s feelings. Love is a drug that Turner has blissfully subscribed to and is now only attempting to conquer the ravishing side effects that include: second-guessing, excessive drinking, diminishing ego, regretful late-night phone calls etc. “Too busy being lost to find somebody new, do you ever think of calling after you’ve had a few?” is sufficient lyrical evidence to demonstrate why a rock n’ roll track reigns supreme in 2013.