Dinosaur Jr.: “Pierce the Morning Rain” (Stream)

Yesterday, Spin premiered “Pierce the Morning Rain,” a track from the new Dinosaur Jr. album, I Bet on Sky. The LP is out today via Jagjaguwar and, as this lead off track demonstrates (embedded below), it is both shredding and catchy as all get out.

Sharon Van Etten: “Serpents” on Fallon (Video)

Last night, Sharon Van Etten played the song “Serpents” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (video below), debuting a new band featuring a guest appearance by Aaron Dessner (the National). The song is from Van Etten’s forthcoming 3rd LP, Tramp, which is slated for release on 2/7/12 via Jagjaguwar. It’s also been released as a single b/w non-album track “Mike McDermott.”

The performance featured a more amplified sound palette than her previous work, adding tinges of indie rock to Van Etten’s alt-folk style, with the songwriter inhabiting a bolder demeanor fronting the proceedings. Add the key ingredient of stardom’s formula – a memorable lead-off single like “Serpents” – andTramp appears poised to be Van Etten’s breakout release. Congratulations on a very successful network TV debut!

Gayngs cover Godley & Creme: Video

Their new LP, Relayted, is out May 11 on Jagjaguwar, but Gayngs is wasting no time paying homage to one of the signature progenitors of synth pop. Their cover of Godley & Creme’s 1985 hit “Cry” even incorporates the stylized blending of faces featured in the original’s video. In a classy touch, the group invited Kevin Godley (of 10cc and Godley & Creme) to appear in the video with them.