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Our Favorite Songs and Videos Right Now: The Strokes, Paul Simon and More

Also, revisit Kesha’s moving Billboard Music Awards performance

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The year is only half over, but it seems like a decade's worth of musical happenings have transpired since January, from the deaths of beloved icons such as Prince and Bowie to a series of high-profile album drops. And the new sounds just keep coming. Hear what we at Rolling Stone have been spinning lately, including fresh tracks from up-and-comers (Lizzo, Car Seat Headrest) and established favorites (The Strokes, Paul Simon).

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The Strokes, “Oblivius”

The Strokes are back – and not the goofy synthpop Strokes, either. "Oblivius," from their new three-song EP, has darting, skeletal guitars, desperate over-the-phone vocals, and a chorus that shoots you from the gutter to the stars in seconds.

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Paul Simon, “The Werewolf”

Simon has been singing about mortality for decades, though rarely as cuttingly as on this Afrodelic story song: "Most obits are mixed reviews," he observes. But this is life-affirming art.

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Lizzo, “Good as Hell”

On this euphoric hip-hop soul throwback, Minneapolis rapper-singer Lizzo makes a trip to the beauty shop ("Hair tall/Check my nails") sound like the best party in town.

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Chance the Rapper, “Blessings”

The Chicago MC's gospel-steeped Coloring Book is the year's richest hip-hop LP so far, and "Blessings" gorgeously sums up its message: "I don't make songs for free/I make 'em for ­­freedom."

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Car Seat Headrest, “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales”

Will Toledo battles his angst and bear hugs the world. The result: a perfect underdog anthem.

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Kesha, “It Ain’t Me, Babe”

Performing at the Billboard Music Awards, amid her legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke, Kesha sang the Dylan classic with stark, somber determination, making it a statement of against-it-all empowerment.