The barbed vocals of Garbage's Shirley Manson fire up our pick of the week, the energetic electro-rocker Blood for Poppies. Goosed by a singalong chorus and fuzzy funkified guitars, it's the first single from Not Your Kind of People, out May 15. Poppies also will crop up as a limited-edition white vinyl seven-inch disc on Record Store Day, April 21.
10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening:
Gang Bang, Madonna
A dark, mean, ferocious beat-slamming monster of a club track from the singer's new MDNA.
Looking for a Sign, Beck
Beck submits a bittersweet alt-country tune, with plaintive acoustic and slide guitars, on the Jeff Who Lives at Home soundtrack.
The Georgia quartet's slice of breezy, bubbly electro-pop, a show-stopper at SXSW, is from debut Body Faucet, out May 1.
Take the Heartland, Glen Hansard
The usually laidback Once star's rocking tune about vengeance is an energetic standout on the largely mellow Hunger Games soundtrack.
Beekeeper's Daughter, A-A Rejects
"Monogamy's not a part of me," a torn Tyson Ritter confides on this hooky power-pop first single from the new Kids in the Street.
The London trio delivers a dweeby dance track that builds from a capella sweetness to a beat-heavy finale.
Using Danja's beats, M.I.A. sculpts rhapsodic pop from a flea market of sounds and quasi-coherent lyrics.
Revolution, Dr. John
A potent, funky rebel yell is the first shot from his Locked Down collaboration with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.
Hey Jane, Spiritualized
Bluesy guitars and Jason Pierce's aching vocals add melancholy to a trippy nine-minute retro-rocker from Sweet Heart Sweet Light.
She Smells So Nice, The Doors
The excellent 40th anniversary edition of L.A. Woman serves up the first official release of this sensual, swaggering blues outtake.