Listen to this: New singles from DNCE and BNQT

By Nicholas Jennings

Good band names are devilishly hard to come up with, especially ones that stick. Some of the best rock monikers were conceived as simple acronyms. Think of ABBA, AC/DC, INXS and R.E.M. All of them are catchy, easy to remember and work perfectly well as logos on bass drums or band merchandise. This week’s top tracks come from two bands that use cool, four-letter acronyms for their names that perfectly express what they’re all about.

DNCE – “Kissing Strangers” feat. Nicki Minaj

DNCE, pronounced “dance,” is the funky, dance-oriented project of former Jonas Brothers member Joe Jonas. The four-member band soared to the top of the charts two years ago with its debut single, “Cake by the Ocean,” a hook-laden song that soon became ubiquitous. The group, which also includes members JinJoo Lee, Jack Lawless and Cole Whittle, is back with another sexy, surefire hit, full of slinky bassline, a na-na-na-na-na-na-na chorus, growls and a sweet pucker. Nicki Minaj pops up midway through to deliver her signature flow.

DNCE used their Twitter account to post a pretend advertisement for lonely hearts, featuring all four band members in full pucker.

BNQT – “Real Love”

BNQT, pronounced “banquet,” is a brand new indie-rock supergroup made up of members of Midlake, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Travis and Grandaddy. The concept was to have the singers from each of those bands contribute lead vocals to two songs for BNQT’s debut album, Volume 1, slated for release later this month. But now BNQT has released a song that brings all five singers—Midlake’s Eric Pulido, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Travis’ Fran Healey and Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, together on one track. The result is a feast for the senses.

The boys in BNQT have wasted no time tweeting their excitement about the recording and how it features “all of the guys sangin’ together.”

HELLO! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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