EW recommends tracks by The DB's, Lady Sovereign, John Vanderslice, and Bottom of the Hudson

Download This: August 19, 2005

> Without power-pop trailblazers THE DB’S, bands like R.E.M. and Fountains of Wayne might not exist. A new track, ”World to Cry,” proves the reunited foursome haven’t lost their gift for biting melody. THEDBSONLINE.NET

> Spunky munchkin MC LADY SOVEREIGN proves that teenage white girls from London can rap too, as she pokes fun at Nelly and J. Lo on ”Random,” a straight-up bonkers ode to spontaneity. ITUNES.COM

> Weaving the bittersweet details of a journalist’s lustful quest for solace in Iraq, ace songwriter JOHN VANDERSLICE makes his character’s plight haunting and universal on ”Trance Manual.” BARSUK.COM/TRANCEMANUAL

> Wailing guitars drunk on feedback slash through ”Holiday Machine,” a sprawling triumph from BOTTOM OF THE HUDSON. Just don’t expect this song to remember your name in the morning. BOTTOMOFTHEHUDSON.COM