I like San Francisco pop-rockers WATERS' "Stupid Games," and I like the album it comes from, What's Real (out April 7 via Vagrant), as well. On the whole, it sounds like music I'd hear on the radio—surging, anthemic pop-rock, stuff designed specifically to reach people emotionally—and that is in no way a knock. The radio is good, and so is WATERS' "Stupid Games." How's that for an if/then statement?!? The band explained the song to FADER in a statement: "You know when you're falling for someone but you're not totally sure if they're feeling the same thing and you're trying to act like you don't care but maybe you take it a little bit too far? And so begin the stupid fucking games. This song is about those moments that burn the most, when you don't want to be the one to make the first move, when you play the telephone waiting game, and it comes right back to bite you hard. It's not that you don't care. It's just that love is terrifying. "
Lead image: Rob Williamson