By EW Staff
Updated January 10, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

?With its surging guitars, crashing drums, and angelic vocals, the stridently emotional ”Ageless Beauty,” by pop-rockers STARS, could thaw even the coldest of hearts. ARTS-CRAFTS.CA/STARS/FREEDOWNLOAD/

Paul McCartney wishes he could still write upbeat ditties like BRENDAN BENSON’s piano-plunking ”What I’m Looking For,” a Beatlesque taste of his upcoming CD, The Alternative to Love. STARTIMERECORDS.COM

Sip some ”Indonesian Wine” with the consonant-heavy SNMNMNM. If the Beach Boys-influenced harmonies and wailing accordion don’t get you, the insistent tuba will. UNMART.COM/IW.MP3

? Airtight freak-funk group TUSSLE loosen up a bit on ”Untitled,” an eight-minute-plus online-only rehearsal demo. Listen to it long enough and you’ll start to feel the bass in your bones, man! TUSSLE.ORG/MUSIC