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The Black Lips Hit Full Velocity in 'Cruising' - Song Premiere

Lo-fi punks take to the streets in fun new track

Williams Street Records' 'Garage Swim'.
Williams Street Records
April 30, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Adult Swim's Williams Street Records will release a garage-rock compilation on May 6th, aptly titled Garage Swim. The digital release will be available for free and features brand-new cuts from a slew of jangle-rock experts and fuzzed-out maestros like Jeff the Brotherhood, Bass Drum of Death, Mikal Cronin and King Tuff.

Now you can take an exclusive first listen to "Cruising," an open-road anthem from Atlanta's Black Lips that features a delightfully menacing guitar riff and a puttering verse that breaks into a joyous, pedal-to-the-metal sprint.

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