By Allison Stewart
A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind...
Nicki Minaj: "Right Thru Me"
The latest and most promising single from Minaj's long-gestating debut, "Pink Friday," is tender, profane and '80s-nostalgic.
Florence and the Machine: "Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer remix)"
The best, truest, trippiest remix yet of FATM's behemoth hit.
Shakira featuring El Cata: "Loca"
Shakira gets an assist from Dominican rapper El Cata on the Spanish-language version of this rollicking Pitbull-sound-alike track. Also at the link: an English-language version featuring Dizzee Rascal, slightly off his game.
Sharon Van Etten: "Don't Do It"
The Brooklyn singer-songwriter mopes awesomely on this comparatively upbeat stunner from her sophomore disc, "Epic."
Cake: "Sick of You"
Will Cake ever do anything better than its long-ago cover of "I Will Survive"? It will not. This predictably trumpety new track, Cake's first in six years, is still pretty good, though.