On Friday nights, we take two songs with questionable similarity and put them side by side for some musical forensics. Have any plagiarism suspicions in your iTunes playlist? Post suggestions for next week's Friday Night Ripoffs (?) in the comments.
The Airborne Toxic Event's "Sometime Around Midnight" is a fantastic song, and it's great to see this LA band's hard work over the years pay off. As fantastic a song as it is (and the lyrics and impassioned performance from singer Mikel Jollett are what really make it great, not the melody and feel, to me at least,) said melody and feel bear an uncanny resemblance to the verses of Radiohead's "High and Dry". What do you think? Lift or coincidence?