Seven (New And Old) Rock Songs That WEMP Should Add To Its Playlist ASAP

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In this week's Voice I wrote about the recently flipped 101.9 FM, which—after an abortive effort at being an FM news/talk hybrid—is back to playing commercial "alternative" rock. I listened to a lot of the station's programming during its first seven days on the air, and while I was often pleasantly surprised by the choices of recurrents and the quality/low yarl quotient of the newer songs played I kept thinking that there were songs that could have slotted into the current (and pretty decent!) playlist very easily—or, at the very least, be elegantly swapped out for every third play of the noxiously "funky" likes of Sublime, 311, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Seven suggested tracks, both from the new arrivals stack and the recent alt-rock archives, after the jump.

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The 17 Best Songs Of 2012 (So Far)

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Tomorrow is the last day of March, as you might already know, and it also marks the end of the first quarter of 2012. What better way to close out a three-month span than to size up its musical offerings via playlist? Below, please find the contents of my "2012 awesomeness" playlist, a running-all-year diary of the songs that have hit my ear in a particularly pleasurable way. Among the 17 bands on it are Tanlines, Pop. 1280, fun., and Pistol Annies!

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Five Cover Songs To Take You Into Your Weekend

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Greg Dulli covers Leonard Cohen. (I know!!!)
Antony's heartwrenching take on "Crazy In Love" last night capped off a week where cover songs were seemingly dropping into my lap on a daily basis. Why not take time out of your schedule to enjoy them now?

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The Arctic Monkeys Also Remember The '90s

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The Arctic Monkeys' Record Store Day single--one of many that will be released during this Saturday's retail-orgy festivities, about which more as the day approaches--will have as its A-side "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," a moody, hung-over track that sounds like it's been festering under a desk somewhere since mysteriously dropping out of an alt-rock station's playlist sometime in 1996. Of course, that just makes it a bit grouchier. Stream it after the jump, if you're one of those "try before you buy" types.

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All Points West Saturday: Mud, Tool, and the Mighty My Bloody Valentine

The goal for day two of All Point West, at least in the eyes of the promoters, was to make you forget that just 24 hours ago, you or someone you know got drenched. And probably complained about it, or warned you to stay away. So they cut a deal: if you bought a Friday ticket, you could come back Saturday or Sunday. Just show that crumpled, crinkled dried out stub and you'd get in today, or tomorrow, for free. A nice gesture, aimed squarely at making those sodden Friday festivalgoers forget that terrible, terrible downpour (unless you bought one of those $239 three day passes--then you just felt like a chump).

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