You need music, because it makes you happy. That’s all there is to it. And although the glory days of hanging round in town on a Saturday trying to get your pal to give you free Big Macs, failing to be funny in front of girls and buying an expensive CD single has dwindled, the need to download all the music in the world has risen. Here’s where it’s at this week:

1/ The big stupid rock band: Green Day – 21 Guns

What’s happened to you, Green Day? You used to sing about wanking, smoking weed, the inability to get girls and other things that actually mattered. Now you just harp on about how American is a rubbish place to live when the Republicans are in power, how war’s a bad thing and how 'The American Dream' is nothing but a hollow phrase. Oh, wait...

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2/ The intense indie band: Doves – Winter Hill

Doves are cuddly men with beards from Manchester who have an album out called Kingdom Of Rust. Winter Hill is off that album, and it’s an exhilarating track if you like nicely sung, plodding indie. If, instead, you get your kicks from injecting speed into your eyeballs, you’re unlikely to get excited by this, although it would provide a calming soundtrack to the madness that inevitably follows such indulgence.

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3/ This guy is bonkers, in a good way: Dave I.D. – Why Weren’t The Message Sent

You don’t know who Dave I.D. is. We know that, because no one does. He hides himself away in South London, doesn’t write anything inane on Twitter, and seems to have written a song that sounds like hardly anything we’ve heard before. It's a rare and wonderful feat.

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4/ The lairy American men: 3OH!3 – Don’t Trust Me

Say hello to your new favourite misogynist frat boys. Because if you like that kind of thing, Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte have totally nailed it. Just like they nailed your girlfriend, yeah, and your mum, yeah, and your sister, yeah, and they don’t even care, no, because they need to go drink some beer, yeah, and then play that spunk on a biscuit game, yeah, and then listen to that Green Day single, yeah. The obnoxious buggers.

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5/ The unknown indie chaps: Local Natives – Sun Hands

Get past the annoying bit at the beginning of this vid where Local Natives frontman Taylor Rice gets all excited about his mum turning up to his gig, and you’ll be treated to some energetic American indie in a Vampire-Weekend-crossed-with-Fleet Foxes kind of way. It’s delicate, and harmonious, and there are bloody loads of them. Keep an eye on this lot, we suggest.

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