I remember seeing Robert DeLong at two festivals back in May 2015. I had no idea who this dude was. I was there to see other bands at both fests. At the first festival, I didn’t quite know what to think of him. Two weeks later, I was completely captivated with him. I had had one of his songs stuck in my head that entire two weeks, and couldn’t find it anywhere online. That song was “Jealousy” and it hadn’t been released yet, and man was I glad to hear it again.
An earworm if there ever was one, “Jealousy” is one of those songs that you’ll have stuck in your head for weeks (literally). There’s no other way to listen to this song than loud. I remember the day it was finally released on Robert’s sophomore album, In The Cards. Pandora did an advanced stream of the album and I screamed when I realized I would get to hear it early. I listened to it probably ten times before checking out any of the other songs. Trust me, it’s that good.
Check out “Jealousy” below!
Back in May, I took my first ever trip overseas to England. After an overnight flight that landed at 5 am in Manchester, waiting 7 hours for a train, meeting up with a friend and grabbing a quick shower, I was hauled off into London to see Nothing But Thieves at Dingwalls. I had heard of them in passing, but never listened to them.
The show was sold out, the tiny venue completely packed. It was insanely hot, “hotter than the sun” according to the lead singer. At one point, my insanely sleep-deprived self started to fall over, my friend grabbing me to make sure I was okay. I insisted I was fine. This band was putting on such a captivating show that it was completely worth suffering the heat and the fatigue to watch it.
One song from their set stuck in my head more than any other. The chorus played on repeat in my head for days after the show. That song was “Trip Switch.” Let me assure you, as out of it as I was, this song had to be amazing to stick with me after the show. Real rock music is a rare find this day and age, and “Trip Switch” is a real as it gets. I am forever thankful to my friend for dragging my jet-lagged self to that show, because I left completely in love with Nothing But Thieves.
Check out “Trip Switch” below!
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PUBLIC. You might not be familiar with this band. I wasn’t either until a couple of weeks ago when I saw a surge of tweets about them due to them opening for twenty one pilots. I decided to check them out, and I fell in love with their music pretty quickly.
Out of all of their songs, “Little Raindrops” stuck out above the rest. To put it quite simply, it’s funky. It sounds like a jam straight out of the 70s. The groovy bass line will have you up and dancing in no time.
Check out “Little Raindrops” below.
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I don’t tend to put ballads in my Song of the Week playlist, but I had to make an exception for “All The Pretty Girls” by Icelandic band Kaleo. JJ’s sweet vocals float above soft acoustic guitar, gradually swelling to a heartfelt climax only to fade out to the same sweet notes it began with.
Check out “All The Pretty Girls” below!
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My song of the week is nothing short of sweet synth-pop goodness. “Touch” by British band Fenech-Soler starts upbeat and stays upbeat, keeping you dancing from start to finish. The danceable beats are accompanied by catchy lyrics, simply the icing on the cake.
Check out “Touch” below!
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On Friday, one of my favorite bands, Sundara Karma, released a new track called “Explore.” An addition to their debut album, Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect, “Explore” is pure gold. This track is dope. It’s disco meets funk meets indie rock. Oscar Lulu’s one-of-a-kind voice is accompanied by groovy guitar riffs, backup vocals fit for a gospel choir and LOADS of cowbell (you can never have too much cowbell). And who can forget the eloquent lyrics only the brain of Oscar Lulu could dream up? This track will have you up and dancing in no time.
Check out “Explore” below!
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One of the most solid albums, start to finish, that I have ever heard is Absolution by Muse. While it’s hard to pick a favorite track, “Hysteria” is definitely a contender.
From the very beginning, “Hysteria” grabs listeners’ attention with a heavy bass line. Matthew Bellamy’s flawless vocals pair well with the grungy instrumentals, making this angsty track stand out from its fellow 2000s alt rock songs.
Check out “Hysteria” below!