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Our Favorite Songs Right Now: The Roots, Japandroids, Alicia Keys and More

Plus, the xx’s Hall and Oates nod, Speedy Ortiz leader’s pop-friendly solo effort

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The Roots, Japandroids and Sad13 all feature on our latest playlist of current Rolling Stone favorites.

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The latest playlist of current Rolling Stone favorites features selections from timely election-year-inspired LPs by Alicia Keys and Jim James, an energetic preview of the star-studded Hamilton mixtape, a solo offering from Speedy Ortiz leader Sadie Dupuis and much more. Long-awaited comeback singles from Japandroids and the xx get the listening party started.

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Japandroids, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life”

Japandroids are punk rockers with a Springsteen soul, and this ode to ditching your hometown to chase your dreams is guitar-bashing bliss. 

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The xx, “On Hold”

No one does refined rapture like this U.K. dance-music trio. "On Hold" is one of their most straight-ahead pop moments yet, an electro-lush breakup ballad that samples Hall and Oates' classic "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." So sad, so sweet.

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Alicia Keys, “The Gospel”

A standout from Keys' political, hard-hitting new LP, Here. Over blues-lit piano, she spits verses like a battle-tested New York rapper speaking ghetto truth to power.

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Jim James, “Eternally Even”

The My Morning Jacket main man's election-themed new solo set ends with this gorgeous moment of spacey, soulful Zen – something tender to soothe your post-Trump stupor.

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Alison Crutchfield, “Dean’s Room”

"You just wanna catch me alone," the Swearin' frontwoman sings over a hyper beat and Blondie keyboards. She makes romantic paranoia seem like a thrill ride.

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Sad13, “Get a Yes”

Sadie Dupuis of indie rockers Speedy Ortiz drops a synthy solo joint that evokes the star-child spawn of '93 Liz Phair and '83 Madonna.

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The Roots feat. Busta Rhymes, Nate Ruess, Joell Ortiz, “My Shot”

The Hamilton mixtape of pop and hip-hop artists interpreting its songs will be out soon. This fired-up version of the show's signature jam mixes genres in a surge of melting-pot spirit.