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Our Favorite Songs Right Now: Zayn Malik, Sturgill Simpson and More

From “Beautiful People” to “Men Explain Things to Me”

The National; Zayn Malik; Sturgill Simpson; Tacocat

Our favorite songs right now, including Sturgill Simpson, Zayn Mali, Tacocat and more.

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What's currently rocking Rolling Stone HQ? Zayn Malik's laid-back track, Sturgill Simpson's transformative cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom" and Tacocat's "Men Explain Things To Me," which channels Pacific Northwest punk forbear Kathleen Hanna. Check out these tracks, plus new cuts from Matthew Pritchard, a Grateful Dead cover by the National and others, below.

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White Denim, “Had 2 Know (Personal)”

Texas' White Denim specialize in liquid tunes for people with very short attention spans – juggling Skynyrd-y highway fire, indie guitar grind and jam-band tomfoolery in some of the most inventive guitar rock going. This highlight of their new Still is like three (really good) songs at once.

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Tacocat, “Men Explain Things to Me”

These Seattle pop-punk feminists take on one of today's great evils: "mansplaining." (You know who you are, mansplainers.) And the insanely catchy results sound like Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna fronting the Go-Gos.

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Sturgill Simpson, “In Bloom”

Country maverick Simpson reimagines the Nirvana classic as a soulful honky-tonk weeper – the kind of iconoclasm Kurt Cobain would love.

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The Goon Sax, “Home Haircuts”

A tragic vignette from a cute little Aussie indie band that's led by the son of Robert Forster, from classic Aussie indie band the Go-Betweens. Jangly genius clearly runs in the family.

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Zayn Malik, “BeFoUr”

In One Direction, he was the R&B guy hiding his talent under a teen-rock bushel. On this Weeknd- smooth slow-burner, he suggests Timberlakean levels of artistic possibility.

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Mark Pritchard feat. Thom Yorke, “Beautiful People”

We're all so jacked for a new Radiohead record, we'll take anything – anything! – they offer up. This U.K. producer's gauzy electro-zone-out turns Yorke's cellar-soul falsetto into sweet sandpaper.

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The National, “Morning Dew”

Brooklyn indie rockers the National have spent
 years curating Day of 
the Dead, a five-plus-hour tribute to the Grateful Dead, featuring Jenny Lewis, Courtney Barnett and the War on Drugs, among others – many of whom might not seem like Dead fans at first glance. The National's version of "Morning Dew" adds a dose of wine-sodden doom to what's always been a deceptively pretty song about the end of the world.