Must-Hear Music Podcast: Exclusive MisterWives Performance, Plus Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters & More

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In addition to chatting about new tracks from Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, Shawn Mendes and more, we have a special treat on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast. NYC's up-and-coming indie outfit MisterWives (the name is a reverse play on Sister Wives) stopped by the Billboard offices for an exclusive performance of their gorgeous "Reflections" (from their Reflections EP, which you can check out on Spotify).

After playing for us, MisterWives stuck around to talk about their upcoming debut album and share a Cher impression. (If you wanna skip ahead to MisterWives' performance on this week's podcast, head to the 25:32 mark.)

As for the rest of the podcast, Joe Lynch, Jason Lipshutz and Chris Payne discuss new track from Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, Shawn Mendes, Yacht, The Jazz June, Natalie Prass and Jose Gonzalez.

Download the Must-Hear Music podcast on iTunes, listen below and check out highlights from our conversation beneath the SoundCloud.

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Joe: Much like how each track on Unorthodox Jukebox was written in the style of past hitmakers, this Bruno Mars track is 100 percent Prince circa Dirty Mind and 1999. But there's nothing wrong with that, and it's an incredible song.

Jason: If you can look past how derivate this is, it's a jam. It's a great dance track.

Shawn Mendes, "Something Big"

Jason: Shawn Mendes is a Vine-made teen star from Canada. This is his first single from his upcoming debut, and it's totally different from "Life of the Party," his breakthrough hit. But I don't think this sits well -- he sounds like he's trying to catch up with the verses. It's like a watered-down "Sing" by Ed Sheeran.

Joe: The sound really overpowered him. The forceful guitar and horns take precedent over his voice, which is not a good look for his lead single from his debut album.

Chris: I think this would be a better song in someone else's hands.

The Jazz June, "After the Earthquake"

Chris: Top Shelf Records got these emo veterans back together and I actually think this is better than their earlier stuff. It's less raw, but the songwriting and the musicianship is top-notch.

Yacht, "Terminal Beach"

Joe: I'm surprised with every new release how much I still like them. This is from the EP Where Does This Disco? and it has this killer, creepy riff that reminds me of early B-52s and Devo.

Chris: In their older music there was hardly any guitar, they were more of a synthesizer band. But with the guitar at the forefront, they sound like a different band.

Natalie Prass, "Why Don't You Believe In Me"

Chris: Natalie Prass was touring with Jenny Lewis until this year, and now she has her own album coming out next year. This is a breakup song, but it's confident, and the vocals are fantastic.

Joe: I got serious Laura Nyro vibes from this -- same combination of soulful, subdued horns and interesting piano work.

Foo Fighters, "Congregation"

Joe: The new Foo Fighters album, Sonic Highways, is out now, and I like this track the best. It features Zac Brown and sounds like a classic rock radio hit from the '70s. Roll down the windows, drive down the highway and pump up the AM radio -- it's that type of song.

Chris: It's a shame that the whole Foo Fighters album doesn't sound like this song. Even though Dave Grohl went through the meticulous work recording eight songs in eight cities, each track just sounds like a regular Foo Fighters song.

Jose Gonzalez, "Every Age"

Jason: Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez has his new album Vestiges & Claws out next year, and this is a great preview of it. This song spreads itself out and languishes in an interesting way.


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