Our panel this week includes pop music critic Hunter Hauk, Arts & Life features editor Erin Booke, Guidelive's Tiney Ricciardi and the News' writer and editor Dawn Burkes. Agree? Disagree? Share and weigh in on Facebook or Twitter.
SoMo, "Hide & Freak" feat. Trey Songz
The Denison pop singer just put out a new mixtape on iTunes called My Life II.
HH: Trey Songz? Pretty significant "get" for a feature on SoMo's new single, and this one is certain to thrill the overexcited, slightly frustrated young audiences that turn up for both artists. That's a goal for any meticulously produced R&B lust anthem, so with that in mind, it succeeds.
TR: I'm super impressed by the production on this song; it sounds top-notch. I love the beat, the lyrics, the whole sensual vibe. Never heard of SoMo before, but rest assured I'll be looking for more of his music.
DB: Is that H-Town? And are those candles? Ha! Well, it's blunt in every way imaginable, even the production. I can see the dance floor packed for this one, though, at a club of a certain type for a group of a certain age. Read: not me.
EB: Wow, this is really catchy and smooth. Sounds like a radio-ready hit single to me. SoMo ain't an unknown nomo!
Whyte Noyze, "His Story"
The enigmatic group recently celebrated the release of the new album Assassination City.
HH: Nice old-school beat -- my bass-y earbuds like it. The political paranoia fueling some of the lyrics may not appeal to every listener, but there's at least some skill in their delivery. I'd like to hear more tracks.
TR: This song has a great message. Couple that with the clever intro and mellow backing beat, it's a win in my book.
DB: Every history lesson should make you want to bounce in your seat. It's got the saddest line in rap, though, for Gen X: "Your 401K is just part of the take."
EB: Well, that was depressing.
Dezi 5, "Lose Control"
The Dallas pop artist will release his debut EP Crucifixion on the Dancefloor on Oct. 27.
HH: Loving this one -- it makes me daydream about a packed club on 11, spotlights spinning out of control and everything starting to blur. I can't wait to see this guy on stage. He's got the early-Gaga approach down -- kill 'em with unassailable choruses and then end with a dance freakout.
TR: Talk about a club banger. It immediately takes me to a Las Vegas dancefloor. Not a song for every occasion, but definitely one for the night-out-hype playlist.
DB: I want to make this an anthem, except I wish the singer's voice matched the insistent lyrics. Come on, everybody. Work!
EB: Is this Seal? I mean that in a good way.
Dead Flowers, "Dying in the Streets"
It's a new single from the Idol Records signees as they tour the U.S. this fall.
HH: While it'd be a nice release to hear this song done live and loud in a small bar, I don't know that it stands out much from other angry rock 'n' defiance anthems. What are we fighting here? Zombies or somethin'?
TR: The grizzly lead singer's voice draws me in and keeps me enraptured in the tune. I dig this track, but feel like the production value pales in comparison to the others songs on this list. Perhaps it's supposed to be that way, but up against the others it seems unfinished.
DB: Song by numbers. It does not inspire me to die in the streets. For sure.
EB: Yeah, I might be into this in a bar, but it doesn't do much for me otherwise.
The Warden, "Our Town"
The frontman from Boys Named Sue is striking out on his own with a Dallas-centric solo project. The debut live performance will be Nov. 11 at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
HH: I enjoy the repeated "Miller Lites and shots and fights" refrain. Kinda rolls off the tongue. But the kitsch levels are extremely high here. If there were a Grease 2-style musical made about the Dallas music scene, this would be the showstopper with an Adair's setpiece as its backdrop.
TR: This song is a recipe for honky-tonk greatness: slide guitar, piano interludes, horns, and a storyline about boozing and fighting. But when they all collide on the chorus it feels a bit jumbled. The storytelling cadence of the verses evokes much more feeling for me. Live, you'd definitely see me on the dancefloor.
DB: This song, ultimately about futility, made me smile. That tells you more about me than the song, I guess.
EB: This is pleasant and enjoyable. I'll be saying "Miller Lites and shots and fights!" in all of my meetings today.