New York City synth-pop duo MS MR have become one of my favorite new bands of 2013. "Hurricane" hooked me upon first listen. And while their debut album Secondhand Rapture isn't particularly dynamic, if you dig the vibe of what MS MR does you'll be quite pleased.
Meanwhile, British band Arctic Monkeys are getting ready to release their fifth album, AM, on September 10. They began transitioning away from their early trademark manic dance-rock towards a more psychedelic groove several albums ago. New single "Do I Wanna Know?" seems to continue on that trajectory.
MS MR covered the Arctic Monkeys track during a recent session for BBC Radio 1, stripping "Do I Wanna Know" to slinky keyboard melodies and singer Lizzy Plapinger's sexy, lounge-singer delivery.
The latest round of revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden expose some of the high-profile targets the agency has monitored — and there are some odd names on the list.