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The Higher, ‘On Fire’ (Epitaph)

Like fellow Las Vegans Panic! At the Disco, these emo lads see room in the genre for way more than girl-trouble whine and radio-chorus cheese (though they certainly have no problem with either). The punchy odes to underage misbehavior on the Higher’s follow up to their 2005 debut give thick guitar chug and nasal vocals a sleek R&B sheen that imagines Maroon 5 slumming in an all-ages VFW hall. Yo, Timbaland: Got time for some pro bono work?

Now Hear This: The Higher – “Insurance” DOWNLOAD MP3

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